Ron Roundtree: Wary of bond issue
I am wary of the proposed $92 million “fix” for our local schools for a number of reasons.
I am wary of consultants and bond brokers who stand to gain financially in relation to the size of the deal at the expense of the taxpayers in the Steamboat Springs school district area.
I am wary of a scheme driven primarily by school board members and administrators when we have had so many failed schemes in this town championed by those with self-interest.
I am wary of any plan that will be nearly twice the $92 million in actual cost to pay back.
I am wary of figures that don’t add up, and, when challenged, produce nothing but suspicious shoulder shrugs.
I am wary of a school district that encourages the draw of students from outlying school districts, all the while demanding bigger facilities.
I am wary of anyone whose letter appears in the paper posing as a long-time resident and insults those with an opposing view by calling them obsessed.
I am wary of people who think new buildings will improve the education of our local youth.
I am wary of people who think moving the high school from the heart of our community will have no detrimental effect.
Successful education in any community is the result of engaged parents and great teachers, not a new campus or two or three. Every successful voting issue in this community has come from the bottom up, with credible investment of time and energy by a broad section of residents.
I am fully supportive of our local education and youth but will be voting no on 3A and 3B, because I am wary.
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A local resident since 1969 who worked in social services and real estate, Catherine Lykken has decided, at age 85, not to renew her professional real estate license next year.