The Johnson City Board of Education is lobbying for a 20-cent tax increase (12.5 percent). Maybe in their spare time, members of the school board can lobby Washington, D.C., for a similar increase in Social Security payments. After all, seniors are the ones who pay the majority of the taxes in Johnson City and we will be lucky to get a 2 percent raise with most of it going to increased Medicare premiums.
I believe it is time for a complete review of school expenditures by an independent group appointed by the City Commission. Items to be reviewed should include expenditures as compared to budgets, changes in the School Board Foundation to make it more in tune with system needs and administrative costs versus teacher costs (include percentage of administrators to teachers). The city should team with other school districts to lobby the state to remove unfunded mandates that don’t add to the children’s education and review efforts for outsourcing and develop a five-year strategic plan/budget for all efforts.
With the school budget continuing to increase while other city departments are cut year after year, it is time for a detailed analysis to determine where all the money goes.