October 20, 2013
I see where the Logan County Board of Education is going to have an election for the school levy on a Saturday, October 26. Why on a Saturday?
My information from the Assessor’s office states that the Board of Education now has $22 million in the bank and $6 million in the building fund or $28 million total. With this much surplus money you don’t even need a levy. You could give a pay raise to all employees without raising taxes and pay for benefits. Give taxpayers a break!
The last levy brought in $10 million and the new levy will be $12 million. The increase alone of $2 million out of 36,000 people in the county that amounts to $55 average per man, woman and children in the county, which does not include what you are presently paying! Why did you raise it to 100 percent tax rate, why not 60 percent? Greed is the answer. Have you, the Board of Education, forgotten that there are people in this county who live only on their Social Security’ checks.
All of this so you can pay Directors $87,000 and Assistant Superintendents $94,000. So you can spend money golfing at the Country Club and Glade Springs, and the Marriott Hotel. Logan County only has 6,000 students and has more administrators than Berkeley County which has 14,500 students. Don’t mention textbooks the state is mandated to pay for them!
The new levy will bring in $12 million each for five years, (approx. 60 million) and don’t forget the net $70,600,000 sent in here from the State of West Virginia, to run the schools. Taking 6,000 students and dividing into the 70-plus million, you end up with $12,000 per student! You promised employees a pay raise, where will it go to the top administrators? Boone County pays $5,000 more to their teachers with fewer administrators. Their other personnel make more also! Logan County has to have the levy to pay for the excessive number of central office administrators over what the State allows! Present building is too small, maybe a second story!
I could see a levy at 50 percent or $6 million, but you, the superintendent and Board Members care very little about most of the people in this county and their incomes. You don’t need a levy, and my one vote is NO!
I am growing concerned by the repeated calls coming from members of our state legislature to place extreme restrictions on popular cold and allergy medicines containing pseudoephedrine. While it is important to push back against criminals who illegally produce methamphetamine, it is also crucial that those who rely on medicines like Zyrtec D and Claritin D continue to have access to them. That is why I do not support efforts to require a prescription for pseudoephedrine.
Placing a prescription requirement on common cold medicine is an extreme policy that will unduly burden the less fortunate and underserved. It is these people who rely most on affordable over-the-counter medicines to treat their illnesses. Many do not have reliable access to a doctor, and many remain uninsured. Forcing the needy to leave work and pay to see a doctor for a stuffy nose is unfair and unwise.
The Attorney General recently stated that he is not likely to pursue a prescription mandate – an excellent decision. My respect and admiration goes to those lawmakers who are looking for innovative solutions to solve West Virginia’s substance abuse problems. Placing a burden on the backs of the less fortunate, however, is not going to help.