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Another perspective on the middle school

Letter to the Editor,

I am writing to each of the community members of Pulaski County. As we are all aware of we are being asked to vote on November 7th in regard to the new Pulaski County Middle School. I am in support of the new middle school and hope you will take a moment to consider my perspective.

Yes, the cost of a new middle school is a lot of money. Yes, it would require an increase in taxes. What I am concerned about is those that are opposed to this new middle school, in my opinion, are not realizing our taxes are going to be increased whether this referendum passes or not. If it does not pass and we just fix the middle schools, where is that money going to come from? Our increased taxes. We as a community do not have the necessary funds in reserve to fix these schools without an increase in taxes.

Where I have a hard time comprehending is the idea of spending 87% of the cost of a new middle school in order to “fix” a 70-year-old building. My mentality considers this scenario: If I have a car that has outlived its expected lifetime that needs $8700 in repairs or I have an option to buy a new car for $10,000, which is the better financially responsible option? Especially if I do not have the cash handy to pay out of pocket and will have to finance either option.

I can understand the idea of increased taxes becoming a burden on many. My reasoning for this letter is just to ensure all understand that is going to happen regardless. I think we can all agree the option of doing nothing has far surpassed us, as this should have been dealt with many decades ago. Are we going to just put a band aid on these schools and be back here in a few more years or are we going to take a stand and do what is financial responsible now? Thank you for considering my perspective.


Kimberly Brewer




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