Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Cut bloated bureaucracy, not raise taxes
LAWRENCE BAY had this published in both the Dispatch/Argus and Quad-City Times on June 17.(..... indicates paragraph breaks.) " On June 9, 2015 the Rock Island-Milan School District hired an assistant superintendent of human resources at $!27,293.96 per year and a director of pupil personnel services at $113,902.95. Add pension, health insurance and other benefits and we are talking serious money. ..... How many jobs such as this are on the budgets of the ten school districts and Regional Office of Education in Rock Island County? How much money is spent on what appears to be a rather bloated bureaucracy? All this in a county with only 22,000 public school students? ..... Rock Island-Milan is failing to educate our children. In 2012 only 30.1 percent of students met or exceeded the No Child Left Behind standard for reading, only 25.9 for math, the lowest scores in any Scott or Rock Island County school district. Yet, they have the highest costs at $11,562 per student. Taxpayers are obviously not getting good results from all their tax dollars. ..... Yet the (Dispatch/Argus, Quad-City Times) constantly editorializes in support of ever higher taxes for our failing Rock Island County schools, with no tangible positive results. Perhaps the (Dispatch/Argus, Quad-City Times)should editorialize on how our tax money could be more wisely spent. ..... We should look at the bloated bureaucracy in all government agencies. Surely many could be eliminated. Illinois should eliminate the prevailing wage law so we can have more construction at lower cost. ..... We can have better services and lower taxes in our government.