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Letter: Taxes should be reined in, but Gilbert schools override OK

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Posted: Saturday, November 2, 2013 1:29 pm

I support the Gilbert Public Schools override. I also respect those who oppose it. Many are friends and neighbors and will remain so long after this election is over.

Central to their opposition is a belief that taxation and the role of government should be constantly reigned in, a belief I share deeply. GPS has been one of the most exceptional assets of our community for decades.

However, in order to justify the use of taxpayer money, even GPS is subject to the highest level of scrutiny. Has GPS has been scrutinized enough? Is it transparent enough, efficient enough, effective enough, or putting enough money directly into the classroom? Improvement in those areas is NEVER done.

However, in my view, GPS continues to head in the right direction. As important as those considerations are, there is a much more fundamental issue.

As a local community, we have only one option available to invest more money in our schools than the base level of funding provided by the state. That one option is the override.

For many years, our community has used the override option to build GPS into the exceptional school district it is today. If we vote no, our schools will go on and will continue to strive for greatness, but with $11.6 million less.

The question now is simply this: Are we okay with that? Or, should we continue to invest local money to improve our local schools? My vote is yes.

Jason Barney


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