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Letter to the editor
“No Voter” hopes Lake Orion understands why Bond failed

March 02, 2011

Dear editor,

I know there are many people (nearly half the people who voted!) who are disappointed that the bond millage failed. To those who really had the best interests of the students at heart and who worked so hard to see the millage pass, I have two suggestions.

Firstly, don't bundle essential and non essential expenditures in the same, big package. I would have voted for roof repairs, busses, and even some technology improvements.

But I'm sensitive enough to the financial constraints of my neighbors not to ask them for money for things that aren't absolute necessities.

I just didn't feel like I could place the financial burden of new entrances so "parents don't have to walk all the way inside the building" on someone who's had to short sell her home because her property value keeps going down as her taxable value keeps going up!

Secondly, next time only ask taxpayers for more money when you're not obviously wasting it in the process.

A smaller bond, requesting only those expenditures that are absolutely necessary, probably would have passed if it had been placed on a November ballot. The days when things could be passed by those who want them by having a special election are over.

People are just as energized nowadays to save money as they are to spend it. The contentions that "It's now or never" and that the busses and roofs wouldn't last another nine months was a gamble that didn't pay off.

Waiting would have shown the taxpayers that the school board is respecting the fact that finances are tight everywhere and that they're committed to making every tax dollar count.

I hope that those who are disappointed that the bond failed can understand and appreciate why it did. If we can be as sensitive to the needs of the community as we are to the needs of our students, both populations can benefit from prudent planning.

Carol Roughton