I find it particularly appalling when government agencies lobby our elected officials to raise our taxes. When they use taxpayer resources to contact residents to do their lobbying for them it is even more enraging. Is this why we paid for IT services for the county schools, just to have them used to promote a political agenda that is arguably contrary to the interests of taxpayers? Is it appropriate for a school system facing budget challenges to spend taxpayer dollars on lobbying?
Here’s a robocall some folks in the Gainesville District recently received. The transcript is from Vonage voicemail, so there are a few transcription errors here, but you’ll get the drift:
This is a message from Stonewall middle school. Good evening. This is John Miller principal of Stonewall middle school and I’m calling a parents to ask you please check the school website to contact your board of County supervisors and I are meeting next Tuesday, March 2. Just had a tax free. We need to them to set the tax rate higher than the 1.224 rate that is suggested otherwise they will be tremendous budget cuts which will affect to the school board budget. So please if you could check our website and contact the Prince William County board of supervisors and let them know that our children’s education should be the first and foremost thoughts in planning their budget.
I don’t have any more money for government these days. When my family is forced to cut back on our food budget it just pisses me off tremendously to have a public employee using public property to try to get the Board of Supervisors to raise my taxes. I know they’re dealing with some tough budget cuts this year, and I wish they didn’t have to deal with this. I’m sure those budget cuts are going to be difficult. I cannot solve their budget problems by ponying up more of the ever scarcer dollars I have, and I’m hardly alone in this.
I wonder what it costs to make one of these robocalls. I’ll bet what they spent here trying to take more of my money could have fed my family for at least a week.
You can reach Principal John Miller at (703) 361-3185 if you’d like to share your thoughts with him.
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