Let the scam on the taxpayer continue. I thought it was pretty clear when the voters passed a referendum that was set to expire.

All the scams, bullshit, lies, lies by omission, and you folks keep buying it, hook, line, and sinker.  Although the editorial below claims your input is important, if that were true, they would not be trying to extend the funding that was set to expire.  Don’t be fooled, you’re a cash cow and elected politicians know it, abuse it, and will continue to at every opportunity.  What do you folks do when your budget is spent for the month?  Do you go pick pockets, rob store keepers, friends, neighbors?  Of course not, you STOP SPENDING….a little bit of wisdom lost in today’s government.  Why does she not point out in this lame begging editorial that voting to leave the sunset provision of the existing referendum will likely result in a DECREASE in property taxes?  Simply because it sounds better to tell you by voting yes, you won’t be increasing your taxes.  Helen Keller should be able to see that.

 

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LETTER: The facts about the Carlton operating levy vote
Posted on Nov 1, 2016 at 8:29 p.m.
To The Carlton Public School Community:

On November 8th the Carlton School District is asking voters to approve an existing operating levy. If it passes, it will continue to provide funding above the state allocation to be used for day-to-day expenses such as staff costs, supplies, heating expenses, transportation and co-curricular programs. This will NOT increase the taxes of our community members. Without the operating levy funding, the School Board would have to consider significant budget reductions in programming and activities.
An operating levy and a bond levy are both considered levies on your property tax statement, but they serve a different purpose. Levies are for learning. Operating levies are the funds that the district uses to run and operate its schools.

Bonds levies are for buildings. Bond levies are the funds that the district uses for new construction, updates or additions to school buildings. These funds cannot be used to run schools or pay teacher salaries.

Carlton Public Schools has not made any decision about school facilities. Before Carlton Public Schools moves forward with any type of bond referendum we must take two critical steps:

1. We will seek the voices of YOU, our community, for your input, insight and desires. We will not consider options about school facilities without an open community engagement process.

2. We will conduct a facilities and educational adequacy assessment. This will give us the most accurate and actionable information in order to move forward as we as a community determine what it is in the best interest of our current and future students.

Carlton Public Schools hired InGensa to assist in the community engagement process and assessment of the school facilities. InGensa will work with us to gather parent, student, staff and community input and priorities in order to help shape our district’s vision as well as gather and share additional key information. This process includes an assessment for educational adequacy, demographic studies and the condition of the facilities. Options will then be developed based on this assessment. Community consensus will be reached with the School Board and Citizen Groups to decide whether to pursue one of several options.

Our first community engagement session is set for Wednesday, November 30th from 6-9 p.m, at the Four Seasons in Carlton. We encourage you to come and participate. The district will be holding at least three sessions in the coming months and we actively seek your participation throughout this process.

Please plan to come November 30th and give your feedback on the school district’s educational and facilities needs over a delicious meal. Drop by for a bit or stay for the duration—but you won’t want to miss this engaging evening. Your input is critical! Families, business leaders, local non-profits—your voices are valuable and essential to our success. You are our guest. This event is free. Teenagers are welcome. Children are welcome. Please invite other members of our community to join us.

Gwen Carman

Carlton Schools Superintendent

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