Tax-hungry leeches should feel like thieves


After reading the stories in the U-B Nov. 27 about how our city and county law enforcement need more money or else services and officers will be cut, I felt compelled to respond.

Tighten belts! No to Wa-Hi school bond proposal

Readers must remember just a few day s ago that the U-B ran a story about school officials proposing a bond of $48 million to put to the voters in the spring. I can't even imagine this ridiculous amount even being proposed in this economic climate.

Don't forget, we the voters, just voted "no" on the aquatic center.

I see the continued attack for more money from the same tax-and-spend agencies are just another symptom of the sickness coming out of city, state and federal governments. Must we as city and county taxpayers continue to tighten our already strained budgets without any relief in sight?

We haven't even seen the upcoming increases in medical costs, insurance costs and the decreases in medicare payments. These expenses hit seniors and any city taxpayer very hard. Our tax base continues to shrink but our tax-and-spend cronies continue to demand more revenues.

It has been proposed that Walla Walla High School needs a new or a major overhaul of the facility. Isn't the Walla Walla School District going to loose about 400 College Place students? Does this not help our overcrowding problem substantially? When will the assault on our ability to afford property taxes ever end?

Remember that city services such as streets, sewers and water lines must be repaired. We will be paying for all the much needed repairs also. I applaud the long-term taxpayers of Walla Walla for continuing to pay these taxes and some how find a way to stay in their homes.

As for tax-hungry leeches, they should feel like thieves! Tighten their budgets and belts and get off the worn-out taxpayers backs.

Agenda 21 is not wanted in our town. If you want to know what Agenda 21 is look it up on the Internet.

William Whipple

Walla Walla



barracuda says...

The loss of 400 College Place students comes with a 20% of decrease in operating revenue....
This is revenue we have to come up with out of our pockets..... Maybe this would be a good time to have the WW School District explain where they are going to cut 20% of the expenses. Or, are they expecting us to come up with that extra expense too? Are there going to be lay-offs? Programs discontinued?
And are these layoffs/cuts going to take place as we remodel/upgrade the building? There is nothing good about the timing of this bond.

Vote No!

Posted 16 December 2012, 10:29 a.m. Suggest removal

Doceo says...

When the new College Place high school is in full operation there will be need for fewer teachers at Walla Walla High School. Like every other public high school in Washington funding for teachers, principals and support staff is allocated from well established formulas. As such the number of personnel required to operate Wa-Hi will necessarily shrink. The decrease in operating revenue will be matched by a decrease in staff. As with any organization labor comprises the greatest costs. These costs will be reduced with fewer teachers at Wa-Hi.

Posted 16 December 2012, 2:26 p.m. Suggest removal

barracuda says...

So, as we are building a new school, we are laying off staff.... Cutting programs... Trying to save money..... Hummm, That is not a pretty picture!

Posted 16 December 2012, 2:34 p.m. Suggest removal

Doceo says...

I would suggest that the community is being given the opportunity to update an older facility. Staffing will need to adjust with or without the modernization project. In a way the issues are separate as long as district leadership is planning for the proposed construction to account for the predicted changes in enrollment.

Posted 16 December 2012, 3:41 p.m. Suggest removal

barracuda says...

I see your point...
But, it looks like the district is having a tough time doing this... Laying off people (possible) and cutting programs (possible), and at the same time, pouring new tax money into so projects that in all likelyhood could wait a few years....
I dont like it!

Posted 16 December 2012, 5:36 p.m. Suggest removal

fatherof5 says...

Who said the district is having a tough time or that programs for kids will be cut? Sure, Walla Walla could wait for decades before addressing the issues that it faces with Wa-Hi. We could have our teachers meet with students in tents and teach by the glow of candlelight. Would some kids learn something? Yes. They'd learn that they were growing up in a community that didn't care enough to provide them with proper, up-to-date facilities. Fortunately, I don't think we live in such a community. Seriously, why put off making the kind of improvements that have already been put off for years and that are hampering the education of our kids? These issues won't go away. You should get on board, barracuda, like when the Grinch's heart grew three sizes in one day. That was a good day! We have kids to help.

Posted 18 December 2012, 6:05 p.m. Suggest removal

barracuda says...

Sorry, I still am broke......We need to see how the 20% pay cut is going to impact our schools.... No more taxes untill we pay off some bills....

Posted 18 December 2012, 8:40 p.m. Suggest removal

Iopine says...

I totally agree barracuda - every time the public sector states that the projected costs will be ? are never enough and usually run into cost overruns that go on for years - and in a recession that is still going on won't help a bit. I'm getting tired of eating beans!

Posted 18 December 2012, 6:34 p.m. Suggest removal

mtnthc says...

Conspiracy wacko alert.

Posted 18 December 2012, 4:20 p.m. Suggest removal

fatherof5 says...

This opponent of the school bond has linked a local effort to remodel a 50-year-old high school to a plot by the United Nations to take over the world (i.e. "Agenda 21"). Really?

Enough said.

Posted 18 December 2012, 5:52 p.m. Suggest removal

mtnthc says...

Whipple has been hitting the whip-its

Posted 19 December 2012, 8:51 p.m. Suggest removal

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