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Proposition 2 Too Superfluous

December 8, 2013

To The Reader’s Forum: In spite of a declining student population, the Bemus Point Board of Education will be asking the taxpayers of the district to approve a multi-million dollar......

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Dec-17-13 9:24 AM

Proposition One makes sense and is needed. We need to maintain what we have. No argument there. Proposition Two, on the other hand, is all about enhancements, expansion, that is out of place, for a system in decline. Here's my prediction: Annual school budget vote will now have an impossible time of passing because 1) It continues to increase as enrollment decreases, and 2) Taxes will soon increase as a result of Prop 2. So what does this mean? It will mean that an austerity budget will kick in. Sports teams gone, extra curricular activities gone, music gone, art gone, and the list goes on. All because the board thought that "if we build it they will come". Time will tell.

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Dec-09-13 9:26 PM

Your vote doesn't matter. If the proposition fails the district will keep putting it up for a vote until it passes.

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Dec-09-13 7:29 AM

the kids. Education and a few other things have changed since 1962 and the school building that has not been updated since the 60’s needs some care. My vote is yes.

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Dec-09-13 7:28 AM

This building project is long overdue for this school. Nothing has been done since it has been built and the infrastructure needs care. Without updates to the school it will only be a matter of time until the state will force a merger or close and some of us would like this to be a destination not a departure site when things start to hit the fan. Most of the “Tax payers” that are against this type of project are older folks that don’t have kids in school and just don’t want to pay an extra $100.00 a year in taxes. The problem is the taxes have been so low in this district for the last 15 years a few hikes have everyone’s panties in a bunch. The Bemus Point school district has one of the lowest dollars spent per student ratio in the county. Most of the people that are against projects like these are people that wish the school would merge and be out of their hair. Some people with kids in this mix care about the continuing education of their children and that’s what this is about

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Dec-08-13 10:04 AM

I have no dog in this fight. However, as a side note: Whenever someone starts a sentence wih "As a taxpyer" it is a pretty safe bet that they are an a hole.

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Dec-08-13 9:29 AM

I was always somewhat for school mergers when the population was in steady decline. Now I wonder about that. I believe that administrators and other staffing should be shared but closing down your local community school can have a chilling effect on the community. There are of course jobs and economic positives that schools bring in. Also, given the situation with common core,political correctness and the move towards indoctrination verses education I fear that it will become more difficult for communities to control what their children learn. Our country's schools have always been operated under supervision of the state and federal level but that supervision is growing tentacles and is not a positive thing. I am not sure of the right answers but I do have enough years on me to trust my gut. No good will come of corralling all children and all communities into one system.

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Dec-08-13 9:07 AM

That school needs work it hasn't,t been updated since it was built....the thing is falling apart ....a few dollars to fix the infrastructure won,t kill you....amazing how many people think they can take their money with them when they die....either give it to the kids or the nursing home will get it....

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Dec-08-13 9:02 AM

Bemus Point is becoming more of a tourist destination than a community of families. Therefore the declining school enrollment will only get lower as the homes are being bought up by those that do not stay in this area when summer is over. Sad, but true.

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Dec-08-13 8:59 AM

If you build it, they will come.

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Dec-08-13 5:52 AM

Thank you for taking the time to write this letter and be the voice of reason. For 40+years the Westerlunds have gladly paid taxes to a wonderful school system. This is not the right time to once again raise property taxes. Tax payers in Chautauqua Co. are over burdened and the economic climate everywhere is in a downward spiral. We should rethink this plan. Vote no.

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