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Proposed school budget creates stir in Allenstown
The longtime Allenstown Budget Committee member had just proposed a $1 million cut from the school district’s proposed $9,756,468 operating budget and it carried, not once, but twice.
“It surprised the (heck) out of me,” said Anderson. “One thing I do know is that this got a heck of a lot of people talking, and it’s about time.”
The amended budget represents a decrease of $4.05 per $1,000 property valuation, or $1,012.50 on a $250,000 home.
The true cost, however, isn’t quantifiable according to Jody Moore.
“My reasons are the same. I haven’t changed my mind,” said Anderson. “These parents are putting out these flyers, but they’re nothing but a bunch of lies. They can’t prove it. I think its just the school board trying to intimidate people. They’re going around with that scare tactic to give parents the idea they’re going to lose all this stuff, but they need to tell the truth.”
“The (school board) needs to do what I did and take a good hard look at this stuff,” he added. “I sat down at the table with my wife and a friend and in 15 minutes I came up with $800,000. When I was done, I found $1.29 million they could cut without giving up any of the state requirements.”
“There’s not any other options for us to cut. I mean, $1 million is such a large amount of money when you’re talking about a budget that’s less than $10 million,” she said. “The school board has done a lot of research and those are the areas that will most likely be cut. That’s why it’s so important for people to get out and vote ‘no’ to the proposed budget.”
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