The following is what our readers sounded off about:
It's for the kids?
I have a question – why do 99 percent of people have no respect for politicians and our school board? Answer – open up your tax bill. These are the most thoughtless, disrespectful people I never met. Does the Lazarus House charge rent? Oh, but I forgot the famous quote, it's for the kids.
Big fan of Pam Otto
I'm calling to let you know how much I enjoy Pam Otto's nature column that appears in the Chronicle on Saturdays. Not only does she impart information, but it is presented in a delightful manner. Please keep up with these columns.
Purposely destroying over 50 healthy, beautiful, mature trees in a designated city arboretum would be unconscionable, especially in Batavia, which has proudly been a Tree City USA for nearly 20 years. If the school board orders those trees cut down, sadly, we would deserve losing that important designation. There is no way Batavia citizens should or will support a grandiose $14 million bond issue in these uncertain financial times, especially if we are also required to destroy trees. ... It is the opinion of informed citizens that the school board has demonstrated misplaced priorities in this proposed plan to put athletic fields where they do not belong.
Time for a new plan
My tax bill goes up and up. My income is stagnant. Now my tax dollars are going for live professional theater on the streets in an attempt to keep floundering businesses afloat. Sounds like fun, but … it is time we dropped the delusion of a Main Street downtown. It's not there now, won't be there in the future. Strolling and shopping doesn't happen on a highway. I resent subsidizing a failed hope. Time for a new plan.
Voting is serious business
This call is about Batavians reading ... about the town meetings and their agenda. What about all of the seniors, who, after paying their taxes, can't afford a computer and Internet? What about sending out notices in the mail? As Batavia taxpayers, we need to know the background of each person up for election and how they voted on different projects. Voting is serious business, not a game of eeny, meeny, miny, moe.
Enough is enough
The property real estate taxes have gone up. Why? The property values have gone down. You cannot sell for what you bought five years ago. Giving more to the schools? Why? Why do student need iPads? Why is water polo necessary ... ? The real estate taxes are going for that? No. Let the parents pay for the water polo and the iPads. I cannot see it. How much more is going to go to the schools? Enough is enough. Let the students learn math and English and how to give change. That's more important than giving each kid an iPad on my tax dollars.
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