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Tom Fetch, Fargo, Published March 08 2014

Letter: Do homework and then vote ‘no’

I know Tuesday’s special Fargo school election question could have been placed on the June ballot, but the school board knew they would get more teacher participation by holding it during the school year at school locations. The date was set at March 25 until the board realized that was “spring break” time, and the schools are closed and some of the built-in “yes” votes could be lost. So they moved the date to March 11 and paid Cass County $10,000 for a special election on that date.

I hope people will research this issue and see how wrong it would be to revert to the way it was a few years ago and give the school board additional power. We will have more decisions like the one to build Davies High School which we know the majority of the people did not want because the additional school is unnecessary. Also, if we do build more schools, let’s make them “teacher-oriented” and not “taj mahals” for the administration.

The 2013 Legislature increased Aid to Education from $39 million to $100 million for the 2014-15 school year. The condition imposed by the state was that additional taxes should not be allowed to increase coincidently with property value increases unless the voters give approval. Now the school board is asking the voters to ignore the goal of the Legislature to reduce the local property tax burden.

Please do your homework and vote “no” on this issue.