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I am quite pleased with the decision to rescind the vote to close Gilbert Junior High. The abrupt notification to the parents and schools not only was terribly divisive in the community, it was arguably unlawful as well. As I said in an earlier board meeting, I am 100% certain this new Board will conduct itself within the A.R.S. parameters, as well as involve the community going forward. Regardless if the new Board chooses the exact same outcome, because it will be done lawfully this time, it will restore Gilbert's long-time tradition of family and integrity. Sometimes doing the right thing is difficult, but we do it nonetheless.4 months ago
Correct me if I am wrong, but the legislature you refer to was pre-Tea Party? It is my firm understanding that any excess spending is in direct violation of tea party principles. Not interested in playing political tennis tonight with you. I stand firm in my vision to bring fiscal responsibility at all levels. Those who want to spend everything we have and then some, I cannot entertain a discussion. Doesn't sound like you are that person, however I am completely focused on working toward what is best for our State and the East Valley. At this point, fiscal responsibility is the way to go. Anything else is not a good use of my time.8 months ago
Mr. McClelland. I think I may have struck a nerve, because you seem to be quite angry in your post. I know this is a touchy issue that ruffles a lot of feathers, particularly because we all have an investment in one way or another. However, I would like to approach this without venom and with plain and basic talk that will accomplish results, not burn bridges.
This 1c sales tax was sold to the tax payers as temporary. In good faith, those who voted for it did so with that in mind. As with any tax, once it is introduced, it creates a dependency and anyone opposing the extension is demonized as being against the people it supposedly benefitted. You are a good guesser that I do oppose extending it, because we need to live within our means, and spend what we have, without breaking our promises to the people we represent. It is conservative ideas that have kept the spending at bay and not put us in a place where we are borrowing $ in a time of surplus, as we had with Janet Napolitano. No one denies that revenue came in under the tax, however to extend it and break our promise only paves the way for further increases "in the name of the children," which the money wasn't appropriated that way for the most part anyway. Additionally, the conservative mindset also allowed for making the cuts where necessary so as not to have to extend the tax.
There is no apology for supporting the idea that we abide by the AZ Constitution and not create a deficit. I know that the people of this great community know that they have had to trim the excess in their budgets in order to make ends meet, and to go knocking on their neighbor's doors with hands extended asking for a temporary cash help, is something that brings embarrassment, at best. To then go to the neighbor and tell them they want the cash to keep coming, because we got used to the things we were buying with their help and don't want to let it go, and they should keep opening their wallets after all, is shameful. Why do it at the State level. Why keep spending when we don't have the money? Why would we keep throwing money down the drain on things we don't need when we can't pay the bills?
Arizona needs to reign in the spending, and that has happened under strong Republican leadership. History shows us what happened to our economy under Napolitano's tax and spend policies. Common sense budgeting is what's important.
And regarding the school district? I would like to see a full disclosure, itemized budget with exact expenditures for the community to scrutinize before I can even begin to talk about the school budget with you. A generalized summary of a budget is not going to cut it. 8 months ago
I am pleased to read this, as it is a reminder of how the tea party is incrementally taking hold of the offices it needs to in order to bring us back into fiscal responsibility. McClellan forgot to mention we had a balanced budget and the new argument is whether we should put our surplus in the rainy day fund or not. Now there's a good argument to have. It is this conservative mindset that got us there, and we can bring homeostasis to the school system and Town Council as well. It may sound scary to moderates and Democrats, but the conservatives are not looking to bankrupt the schools, just bring a good solid budget that eliminates wastes and maximizes the dollars that reach the classroom. I have a hard time finding a reason to complain about that. Keep it up, Gilbert. Fiscal sanity is on the way.8 months ago