DISD Bond Proposal deserves a NO vote.
Former Mayor Ron Kirk writes
Why the DISD bond package deserves your vote
He's right about one thing. The DISD bond proposal deserves
my strong NO vote.
Why? Only look at the long-term history of the
DISD scandals to see why a NO vote is needed.
You could rehash the technology vendor?s yacht trips,
limo drivers for trustees, a trustee?s massive 5-figure
cell phone bills, misuse of federal funds, and the credit card scandal.
Then there's the inept investigation into credit
scandal which cost more than the original credit card
abuses. The DISD has major problems.
We've had troubled reigns of inept school
superintendents like Bill Rojas, Yvonne Gonzales and Mike Moses.
There are questions on how schools tabulate the
dropout rate, which seems to be
another example of smoke and mirrors.
The scandals never seem to end.
With the DMN piece
Dallas ISD hands millions in contracts to top leaders'
about the conflict
of interest of administrators on major projects vs
those who have vested interest with corporations they represent
vs the taxpayers and children they
should be focused upon.
And, what about the audit that will tell us if
finally the DISD trustees, and the district, have gotten their act
together? It was promised, by these same
trustees, to be released before the bond proposal so voters would be assured
that the DISD house is in order. We sure would
not want it to be released before taxpayers vote on
the $1.35 Billion bond
As far as DISD trustees are concerned, it is the same song but a second
verse of the same old thing.
The DISD administration and Ron Kirk will not be happy
until we all are taxed out of our homes. Kirk
fails to note the proposed rate increase will also be
accompanied by the never ending district appraisals that in my hood have
increased in excess of the 10% per year cap (30%
in three years) that have inflated our tax bills.
Last year, the Appraisal
District thought my property
value increased in excess of 48%
despite the downturn in the housing market. This
attitude, with rising fuel and
food prices, record home foreclosures, a floundering real estate market has
exacerbated the sub prime lending fiasco that is
making its way though our economy.
Just what we need are more property taxes for our
elected officials to squander. Don?t worry after
all it?s only taxpayers' money that is being
squandered. It is for the good of our elected
officials and not the children!
David W. Tuthill