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Letter to the Editor: 'Why I'm Voting No on E-SPLOST'

Roswell resident Jake Lilley is not for the E-SPLOST, are you? Tell him why you agree or disagree in the comments.

"The choice of E-SPLOST v. property tax as a source of school funding is rather like being given the choice between getting robbed at gun-point, or having your house broken into during the middle of the night. It’s really not much of a choice and the outcome is the same. 

Once passed, E-SPLOST is law and provides the school board with an uncontested source of tax payer funding. So why is a property tax the lesser of two evils? An increase to property tax for the purpose of funding schools must be voted on by an elected school board. Elected representatives are held accountable to the voters. As such, they can be tossed out if they do not act in accordance with the will of the people.

Furthermore, when presented the option, I cannot, by my own hand vote to affirm, legitimize and fund a public education system that is failing. 

As you can see, Georgians are spending money on education; plenty of it.  But the return on investment is lousy.  If I were an investor, I would take my money elsewhere.  Sure, we can choose to move another state, one that provides a greater educational ROI, and some people do.  But this is my state, my money, my children and my problem. And one thing is clear to me, a lack of spending is not the problem and continued or increased spending will not solve the problem."

Sincerely,

Jake Lilley

Roswell

tired of govt waste November 09, 2011 at 07:07 PM
So why don't we see an analysis on our property taxes going down as our property values have gone down? I definitely believe it is the fiscal duty of the BoE to tighten its belt (I am sure there are many areas they can) but I disagree with the theory that the sales tax will fix the problem. Its another way for the government to not be accountable to the citizens. I really do not believe the schools are unsafe for learning after 5 years. If so, we need better cotractors building the schools
Jake Lilley November 10, 2011 at 03:37 AM
I believe in the free market, private enterprise and the sound stewardship of the resources that God has entrusted to me. Most importantly, I believe in the freedom of choice; the ability to choose who educates my children, where they are educated, how they are educated and how that education is funded. When I try to reconcile my philosophy of Liberty against the public education system, I can’t get the two to match. The very existence of a public education system is largely unchallenged. We simply accept it because it has always been. In reality, it is the single most important tool in the ever-growing belt of State-mandated indoctrination. It robs me of my choice, stifles competition, squanders God’s resources and produces a product, the quality of which could not survive in a free market.
Jake Lilley November 10, 2011 at 03:38 AM
At the age of 6, we are required to deposit our children into a state education system, or a sate approved equivalent. We may withdraw them at the age of 16. During this time, and for 8 hours each day, our children will be in the care and nurturing of the State. Meanwhile, the public is pacified by the idea that we have representation and influence through a school board. Give the people a “committee” and they are content that they have a proper stake in a democratic process. But such committees are bound by federal, state and local laws. Laws that rob us of our choice, dictate the curriculum that will be taught, set the standards that must be met and direct our tax dollars to another. Why should I permit my pocket to be picked to fund a school that was chosen by my address, so my child can be taught a curriculum that I did not select by teachers who I did not hire and cannot fire?
Jake Lilley November 10, 2011 at 03:38 AM
I believe that we are focused on the wrong issue. Most will ask the question, “How can we best fund the public education system?” Instead, I believe the question should be, “Does the public education system provide the best means by which to educate our children?” The question is not, “How should we fund the public education system,” but “Should we fund a public education system?” Take a look around you; it’s time to start questioning the norm.
No Name November 10, 2011 at 12:30 PM
Amen.

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