Crying time for RSU 10 school district
To the Editor:
I read the article in the Rumford Falls Times, dated April 27, 2011.
The cuts to the budget are the wish list of department administrators over and above what is actually needed.
The so-called cuts amount to $2,869,825 above last year's $34.2 million. Last year's budget had the extra stimulus money. The stimulus money was to be used to reduce school expenses.
No adjustments were made to downsize personnel or try to save with the the federal money available by RSU 10. Some districts decided not to use the federal money and starting saving the last couple of years.
I don't think RSU 10 is so bad off financially when the pay raises amount to $1 million. Then add the health insurance benefits that total $250,000. I'm sure if this didn't happen, the children would suffer.
Retired people haven't received any increase in their retirement funds for the last couple of year or the next couple. The expenses are the same for people on a fixed income as the same for working people. It's time for everyone to buckle down and work together to solve this down turn in the economy.
Now the RSU school districts want to inflate our tax bills this year and has for the last decade, nothing changes with school districts. I believe the budget should be below last year's $34.2 million.
We, as taxpayers, can stop this out of control spending at the voting booth.
Richard A. McInnis,