The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

Our Readers Speak

February 6, 2013

Our Readers Speak — Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013

Give yourself a raise, taxpayers; reject levy

As a longtime taxpayer, I oppose the Fayette County Excess School Levy tax.

A lot of tax-bought material presented by tax-paid people encourages voters to support the levy. This material misleads people to get them to vote for the levy.

One very misleading statement is that voting for the levy will not raise your taxes. This is wrong, very wrong. If your property is reassessed at a higher value or you buy a new car, you will pay more levy taxes. Your property improvements will subject you to more levy taxes.

What they don’t explain to folks is that their taxes will drop substantially if the levy is defeated. No kids will starve nor will students receive any less of an education if the levy is voted down.

You will hear “For the Kids” ... nothing could be further from the truth. All have witnessed the fiasco that has taken place over the last several years with the Fayette County Board of Education. We have paid a superintendent a couple of year’s salary to leave.

The State Board of Education took over the County Board, put in their own superintendent, yet we kept paying the displaced superintendent’s salary.

Where is all the money saved by doing away with the numerous jobs and expenses associated with the closing of both Mount Hope High and Middle schools?

West Virginia leads the nation in the cost per student spending. Fayette County is clearly failing in all categories. We have tried throwing more money at the problem for years. It has not worked!

Our education system is a cash-gobbling monster with an insatiable appetite. Recent studies indicate that lack of money is not the problem. We pay enough taxes without this excess levy that should be sufficient to provide the children a quality education. Levy money for the education system finds its way into the pockets of politicians and big unions.

In the last couple of years most taxpayer’s salaries and benefits have taken a big hit like mine has. It is time for the education system to realize that the cash cow is getting kind of lean. If you would eliminate the votes of the people who benefit financially from the levy and those who do not pay taxes, this levy would not have a chance. Taxpayers give yourself a big raise and vote against the levy.

Darrell Linksweiler Sr.

Mount Hope

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