At a time when real estate taxes are so high, the voters should know all the facts before voting on this school bond. I want to present some facts you might not hear about from those wanting to spend our money.
The Nebraska Department of Education numbers as of this last Friday in September of 2011 showed the following: 393 students from pre-school through 12th grade. 85 of those students opted in from outside districts, leaving only 308 students in our district.
The state pays us about $7,665 per student. Our cost is about $13,381 per student, leaving a loss to you the taxpayers of about $485,860 a year at these figures to have the opted-in students at our school.
Do the math and multiply that number by just 10 years. This doesn't even include the cost of inflation.
The number of opt-in students can change greatly from year to year, so why make expensive additions if there is no guarantee how many students we may have? If student numbers decline, the expense of a bigger facility will remain.
Again, we have the school board bringing back a bond issue very soon after the last bond was defeated. The voters sent them a message at the last vote. Why aren't they respecting those who elected them?
As with most school boards, the fact our current buildings are in good condition is being ignored. If this bond passes, the budget for next y ear will be about $15 million.
Until there is a "real" increase in Freeman District students, this is a huge cost to put on future generations, not only in the construction cost, but the resulting increase in operating costs of maintenance, insurance and added employees.
Vote "No" on the Freeman School Bond issue and give taxpayers a break.
Lenhart Fritzen, Beatrice