I have a suggestion to those who feel passionate about the need to pass the sinking fund. When you go to the ballot box take your checkbook. Write a check to the Grosse Pointe Schools Fund for Excellence (all these dollars go to the general fund) and vote “no” to the sinking fund.
If parents would write a check for $100 for each of the roughly 8,900 students in the system, there would be approximately $890,000. At $200 that amount would increase to $1,780,000 and exceed the amount that is needed in the general fund for educational purposes.
At $250 per student, that amount increases to $2,225,000, and all the school buildings are maintained. Such contributions are really minimal when one considers his or her monthly cable and high speed Internet bills (or so the board of education thinks when advocating for us all to pass the tax) and are tax deductible.
Sometimes it is a bit easy to lose sight of our taxes and what they support when they are part of a monthly escrow payment. Writing checks may encourage the shareholders to pay closer attention, and from all that I have seen of the board of education meetings, they seem to define their constituents as the students and their parents.
As a taxpayer, I don’t understand how we can have a school budget that does not consider the maintenance of its assets at the forefront of its budgetary process especially when I am paying the taxes for a $62 million capital improvement bond that will build restrooms and storage lockers on several of the school system play fields.
So parents, reward your representatives for a job well done.