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Sunday, May 30, 2021



The Rubber Stamping School Board Is At It Again

Dear Editor,

The School District of Pickens County 2021-2022 Budget calls for a tax increase.
But...it's just a “little one”. No more than a Chic-Fil-A sandwich according to one school board member. Seems like the last time it was just a “little one” too ...no more than a pizza. Next time will it be just a “little one” and no more than a candy bar? Wonder how many other taxes we already pay started out as just a “little one.”  

We are already taxed too much in our county as evidenced by our library system having 3 MILLION sitting in their reserves at the end of the budget year. Not to mention our state gas tax fund sitting on over $500 million and our County Council “rainy day” reserves are way more than actually recommended by the Government Finance Officers Associations.

From what I've read our school district has GAINED over $1 million in revenue and additionally received $40 million from Federal Stimulus programs and their spending habits have been raised to a whopping $136 million which comes out to a $13 million increase in just four years by this rubber stamping board.

Do schools EVER get enough money out of the poor taxpayer? Are we getting a return on that investment? Will just a “little” more tax increase be the magic bullet to get students educated? And let's don't forget student enrollment is down according to their figures and that's because parents are choosing other options such as home educating, online schools, and private schools. Why are parents pulling their students out? If our schools were doing a great job they wouldn't be. But....”it's just a “little more” taxes they want from us...just a Chic-Fil-A sandwich. Sheesh! More spending doesn't equal better student outcomes and that's a proven fact.

Join us for a tax protest, bring your NO TAX HIKE signs to the School District's Central Services Office located at 1348 Griffin Mill Rd on June 4, 2021 at 7:45 am before the School Board meets at 8am to rubber stamp this tax hike. See you there!
Johnnelle Raines
Leadership Team COTU

Thursday, May 27, 2021

School Board wants to raise taxes amidst budget surpluses & federal grant money receipts

We have just learned that the School Board had their 2nd reading which includes recommendation to raise taxes. 

School Board Member Phillip Bowers posted this:
" Your School Board voted 6 to 1 last night to raise school operating taxes. I was the only trustee opposed to the measure. I oppose a tax increase because we gained over $1 million in revenue just from economic growth. Additionally, we got $40 million from Federal Stimulus programs. We don't need a tax increase...
Just for comparison,  the 2019 budget was $123 million. 2020 was $129 million, 2021 budget stands at $130million. The 2022 budget proposed that passed last night will raise spending to a whopping $136 million. A THIRTEEN MILLION DOLLAR INCREASE IN SPENDING IN JUST FOUR YEARS...
The final 3rd reading and passage of this $136 million is set for the morning of June 4that the school board meeting."
FOLKS WE MUST CALL ALL 6 OF THOSE WHO VOTED FOR THIS TAX INCREASE TODAY! 

HERE'S THE LINK WITH ALL SIX OF THOSE BOARD MEMBERS WHO VOTED YES TO THIS TAXATION:

Here's link: 


TELL THEM TO VOTE NO ON ANY TAX INCREASE AND LIVE WITHIN THEIR MEANS AS WE ALL HAVE TO! 

Do it today!  

From,
COTU Leadership Team 
Johnnelle Raines, JoAnn Brewer, Travis Garner