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Letters to the Editor

School district should show empathy to taxpayers when budgeting

I have lived in Geneva since 2001 and have witnessed the growth of my property taxes from $8,000 a year to almost $12,000 a year. á

I feel that I speak for many property tax payers in Geneva when I say please show us EMPATHY when making budget decisions.

I believe in having great teachers, but also believe that the school board has made poor decisions in the past 17 years regarding expansion of facilities that have placed property tax payers on the hook or debt that exceeds $200 million (which Includes principal and interest payments). There needs to be more EMPATHY and transparency extended to taxpayers as many of us are at a breaking point as it relates to ouráproperty tax bills. That said, I would support higher salaries for our teachers if the school board keeps bottom line spending for the school district at or below the CPI/inflation rate. Otherwise, cut expenses in other areas that affect our property taxes to compensate for higher salaries for our valued teachers. All of us prioritize our personal spending and make opportunity cost decisions, so should our school board and local government.

Most sincerely,

Ernie Avellana

Geneva

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