As of Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Wants, needs differ
To the editor:
Neita Cecil’s story about building new schools (Chronicle 12/23) gives me great concern and poses many questions. She says there is a “wave of public interest.”
Was there a poll taken that I missed? Was it Gallup or was it Pew? Were the people who live paycheck to paycheck polled? Did anyone suggest waiting until half the current bonds are paid off? I’m sure the people who fear losing their homes because of high property taxes are not breaking out their surfboards to ride that “wave of public interest.”
Hiring a consulting corporation to help make a decision seems to be a waste of taxpayer money. For $40,000 a consultant will tell you what you want to hear.
They might even tell you bond issues do poorly in years of general elections when more people vote.
In this town’s history, many significant structures were built without the advice of outside consultants. Many of these buildings are still standing and in use.
A few years ago, some people were proposing a new high school in Columbia View Heights. We somehow got along without it. Is a new high school something the citizens task force wants or is it something we need?
There is a big difference between “want” and “need.”