Dr. Seidenberger and the majority of the East Penn School Board has worked hard to put the district in a position to pass a budget that maintains all programs and also does not raise taxes. At the 11th hour Director Julian Stolz is proposing a tax rebate to be accomplished from an additional $262,000 in cuts. If you are concerned about responsible school district budgeting please consider attending the School Board Meeting this coming Monday at 7:30.It is disturbing that a man such as Patrick Slattery who misleads so many East Penn Voters knows so little about budgets. While I would like the spending cuts that I proposed to be made permanent via budget cuts, I am content to include them as a one-time tax credit to be revisited next year when we vote on a new budget. A tax credit is not, as Mr. Slattery indicated, a tax rebate. A tax credit is just a deduction from your total tax bill. A tax rebate is a costly administrative process of sending checks back to the taxpayer. It is not a practice that I am opposed to in general, but for the amount of money being discussed here, it would not be practical or cost effective to have a tax rebate. Mr. Slattery ought to know the difference.
This post was "Liked" by 4 individuals (Other than the Citizens for Strong Communities Page/Patrick Slattery) and shared by 2 more. I thought the "shared by" was pretty revealing
1.) "Macungie Dems Page" (Hillary Smith)- "Arbitrary budget cuts- really?" The "share" was "liked" by 1 person. East Penn teacher, Bonnie Raub.
I found this interesting because Ms. Smith was one of the people so outraged by my comments on twitter that she believed I "had to go". Seems Ms. Smith has a much more partisan and anti-taxpayer agenda. She's outraged over the prospect of a 0.2% budget cut!
2.) Another private citizen who's name, out of courtesy and respect for citizens wishing to get involved in the political process, I will not publish here also shared the post. The comment that went with it was interesting "I've never attended a school board meeting before but I think I will be attending this one." I truly hope the person who wrote this does attend. We need more people to come to meetings and get involved but, if you've never attended a meeting, why would you feel a 0.2% cut is so outrageous? I look forward to the debate.
At Monday's meeting, I expect many more Teacher's Union/Educrat associated "Give me more!" speakers to attend than average, Joe Taxpayers asking to "tax us less". That's ok. That is why I serve on the board. I am there to represent the forgotten taxpayers. I am proposing a modest reduction in expenditures on a few line items that would allow us to reduce the overall tax bills across the district for the first time in a generation.
If you truly believe that's unreasonable, I look forward to seeing you on Monday.