Personally, a frustration of government is that it in no way spends money the way I choose to in my personal life. As the biggest benefactor of my labor, I wish they would be more responsible in how they spend. I have always been taught by example, to live within my means, borrow only when necessary, and spend money on those things that provide value to my life.
Culturally, we focus too much on how much we earn and not enough on how we spend. We often forget that we have a lot more control over how we spend the money we have, than trying to earn more money in the future.
In updating myself on the issues involving the school board and other local politics I came across the acronym H.I.T.A. This stands for Honesty, Integrity, Transparency, and Accountability.
I believe that all good relationships are built on transparency and accountability. The Board needs to appreciate all tax payers, those with students, those who send their students to private schools, and those who have no children in our schools at all.
The way we can respect all these parties is to appreciate the fact that these resources are finite, and we need to spend it as if it is our own. All decisions should be met with H.I.T.A to ensure this, this is the public’s money and the public should know how their elected officials spend it.
When there are issues, the lazy answer is throwing money at it. The responsible policy is to fix items that can be fixed within the means we have, then decide if more resources are needed. If the system is broken, all the money in the world will not fix it, it will only waste more money.
If you look at my Full Day Kindergarten page, I believe we should debate that need, but we also need to talk about where we can save to pay for it. The money in does not seem to be a problem compared to our peer districts, so why are we not able to offer this service?
I am for more services when they prove to be a value to the community, but we also need to look seriously on how we fund them other than going to the taxpayer for more.