The following is a letter that the North Georgia News refused to print unless it was printed as a PAID ad.
Certainly, as a private business, the North Georgia News is free to print (or not) anything they choose.
They choose to not expose their readers to opposing views that might cause them to think. Fortunately, we have other venues. Please SHARE this with your neighbors. We will have more unpublished letters in the weeks to come, and if you should write a letter that is not published, please share to this page.
The E-SPLOST referendum, which will be on the May 22nd ballot, authorizes the School Board to issue up to $13.5 MILLION in general obligation bonds. Is it wise for voters to allow this?
The school board swears that they have no intention of issuing bonds, and would NEVER do it unless there was a catastrophe. However….
This School Board today is not the school board we will likely have for the entire 5 year life of the E-SPLOST. There are 3 seats up for election in November of this year, there will be 2 up in 2020, and 3 again in 2022. This E-SPLOST, if passed, will run until September of 2023. Today’s School Board Members cannot possibly know what the next school board will do, even as early as next January. Therefore, their promise is meaningless.
Voting for the E-SPLOST is not just about the $21 MILLION in taxes we know we will pay. It is also about the possibility of the additional $13.5 MILLION we may become obligated to pay. Vote NO on May 22.
Newest High School Addition
While this is certainly a lovely addition, could someone please explain why the Union County High School needs this when we have the North Georgia Technical College right down the road? Questions we should be asking – How much did this cost? What is the proposed curriculum? How many students will be enrolled in these classes? And most importantly, when schools all over the country and Georgia are consolidating resources, WHY ARE WE DUPLICATING facilities that we have right here in our small county of less than 25,000 people and less than 850 high school students? Because of the SLUSH FUND called ESPLOST.