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More modest school proposal needed

To the Times of Ti:

Richard Wray made an excellent point in his letter to the editor in the Sept. 9 issue of the Times of Ti when he disclosed that the school board had agreed to pay $ 9,500 to a PR firm to help sell the bond issue to the voters. Subsequently the school board changed its position and the project architects agreed to absorb the $ 9,500 as part of its fee.

While the $ 9,500 is an insignificant amount in the $23.8 million project, it tells a lot about how the school board treats taxpayers money.

On June 25, 2003, the school district voters voted down a $20 million bond issue because it was excessive, now we are facing an even larger bond issue. While no one denies that the school facilities are in need of repair and upgrading, a more modest proposal addressing just the needs would meet with a favorable response from the voters.

All public governing bodies need to be held accountable for their actions whether they be the Ticonderoga school district or the Hague town board, which by the way continues its refusal to maximize the return on its surplus funds. The combined ending balance in two of its accounts for July 2007 was $371,474. and for August 2007 was $356,483. after all monthly bills had been paid. Each earned 1.31 percent in interest.

It is a sad commentary that very often it is only when taxpayers are vigilant that public officials are fiscally responsible.

Rudy Meola
Hague

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