The DISD Bond
There are many reasons why I do not support the
Dallas Independent School District?s bond election scheduled for this May.
First, the DISD has a proven track record of
mismanagement of it?s affairs from yacht trips by the
technology superintendent, limo drivers for trustees, uncontrolled cell phone
bills reaching 5 figures, credit card abuse by employees, and misspending of
federal funds -- just to name a few.
The DISD is constantly in the news about it?s
mismanagement. They have not
got their act together.
I am haunted by a quote from one of their members regarding the
destruction of temporary buildings ?don?t worry, we
have plenty of money?. Yes,
they have no qualms about gleefully spending
taxpayers? money like it was water.
Second, is the economy. Guess
what DISD! We have record home foreclosures in
North Texas! We also have a housing glut fueled
by speculators flipping houses like John Belushi and
Dan Akroyd flipping grapes
into each other?s mouths in a fancy restaurant (The
The investment house,
Bear Sterns, has been sold at bargain basement prices due to
its role in the subprime mortgage mess. (Taxpayers
will be footing the bill on this one,
one of many bills to be paid by taxpayers). Companies
that insure bonds are struggling to stay alive
and are increasing the cost to any municipality in the
issuance of their bonds. Record gas and food
prices are straining families.
But, DISD trustees are in their own little
world, which is far away from the world
where you and I live. We
don't need more property taxes in the form of rate
increases, which the bond proposal will foster.
We don't need higher property appraisals
from the Dallas County Appraisal District who will do
anything to increase the tax value of your
home despite the housing downturn and record foreclosures.
With the higher cost of essentials, we don't need
more taxes for the DISD to squander.
Our local governments will not be satisfied until they
can tax people out of their homes!
Now, I read in the
Dallas Morning News that the DISD has
Dallas school officials say there's 'no timetable' for already late
Reading the article caused red lights and
alarms to go
off in my head. This audit was one of the things
the trustees touted for justification in passing the bond proposal.
Considering the proven track record of the DISD,
I can only imagine that if I were on board with the DISD I would
also want it delayed until after the May election.
As one trustee told me once ?well that?s the DISD for you?!
David W. Tuthill