If it’s Friday….

It’s Talking Points with the Founding Fathers…

Patriots, please read Randall Yow’s  letter to the editor in today’s edition of the SH. When a liberal complains about tax dollars being wasted there’s hope for America.  Mr. Yow has some legitimate suggestions on where $100,000 could be spent more appropriately.    I especially like the fireworks suggestion.  Kids from all ages, 2-104, enjoy fireworks. The only one missing is giving it back to the taxpayers!

Now it is flashback time from the Sanford Herald!   Pay attention to the sections in red.

13 months ago

1) Budget tight, but Moss doesn’t see layoffs

by CAITLIN MULLEN Sanford Herald
13 months ago | 0 

SANFORD — Projected cuts and lack of funds at the state and local level have forced Lee County Schools Superintendent Jeff Moss to keep his 2010-11 budget recommendations to the Lee County Board of Education to a minimum.Budget requests were presented for review at the finance and personnel committee Thursday at the Heins Education Building, where Moss mentioned that unless the district is surprised, personnel cuts should not have to be made.“If we want to keep people employed, there wasn’t a whole lot of room for expansion items this year,” he said. “And I think the principals understand that.”

The total for Moss’s recommendations using capital outlay funds amounts to an estimated cost of $788,196. His recommendations for current expense funding amounts to $82,329, though in total, principals requested $3,777,742.

“It only totals ($82,329) because I don’t anticipate getting anything from the county,” he said. “The state is going to kill us. We’re looking at a $550,000-something discretionary cut and three, five, seven cuts across the board on everything else additional.”

But because LCS planned accordingly last year, Moss said, the district shouldn’t have to make any personnel cuts.


PH:  This isn’t what we have heard lately.

 10 months ago:
 2) Budget to force job cuts
by BILLY LIGGETT Sanford Herald
10 months ago | 8  | 6  |  | 

SANFORD — Lee County Schools will face anywhere between a $3.6 and $4.4 million budget shortfall — nearly 10 percent of the district’s total operating costs — in the coming fiscal year, and to offset the decrease in funding, the district will likely cut more teaching positions…..

(read entire article to find out what’s missing)

Moss said Tuesday that despite the cuts, he has not asked Lee County commissioners to consider a tax hike. Lee County Manager John Crumpton’s proposed budget for 2010-2011 will not include increased property taxes, but it will mean cuts equaling $130,000 for the school district, most of that in infrastructure.

“I’m not a proponent of (raising taxes),” Moss said. “Our most difficult year will actually be next year when all of the state stabilization money goes away. I think every district in the state is preparing for that. I don’t know if there are too many answers out there … no one wants to see another reduced budget.” Read more: Sanford Herald – Budget to force job cuts

PH:  Super Moss –  We don’t want higher taxes either.  Thank you for agreeing with us.  Even though we now feel you don’t really mean it.

 4 months ago: 

3) Budget cuts could lead to more job cuts for district

by Alexa Milan Sanford Herald
4 months ago | 

SANFORD — Proposed budget reductions by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction could mean job cuts for Lee County Schools if approved, Superintendent Jeff Moss said at Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting.The Office of State Budget and Management asked government agencies, including NCDPI, to submit proposals showing what their 2011-2012 budgets would look like if they were cut by 5 percent or 10 percent. Slashing North Carolina’s public school funding would mean statewide teacher layoffs, central office administration reductions and cuts to funding for services for children with special needs and academically gifted students, among other reductions.Moss said the proposed 5 percent reduction would eliminate 37 positions and $3.4 million in Lee County. The 10 percent reduction would eliminate 47 positions and $5.2 million.

NCDPI submitted the proposed reductions to the OSBM in late November.

The board also discussed its own budget work sessions, which will take place March 17 and 22. Board member Bill Tatum asked the rest of the board to encourage members of the public to attend.

“I hope this year we have more public comments during the process,” Tatum said.

Read more: Sanford Herald – Budget cuts could lead to more job cuts for district

 PH:  Mr. Tatum –  Be careful what you wish for!  We are making comments.  We are showing up.  We have good ideas. Now give the patriots of this county respect and listen to us!

 Patrick Henry

“Give me liberty,  and no more liability!”

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3 Responses to If it’s Friday….

  1. Goose says:

    Great Post PH! and it looks like you did a lot of hard diging through old Herald files. Thank You!

  2. Randall Lee Yow says:

    First of all, I am really not a liberal. I am a moderate. What really upsets me about this sign is the fact the Herald has reported nothing about it (even though there was a reporter in the same meeting as me) and as of yet no one can tell me how large the sign is going to be. That’s right they do not even know the size of the sign for $100,000 dollars. As far as fireworks go, I have always supported them. In fact that was one of my issues when I ran for mayor. It is a sad disgrace that a city the size of Sanford does not have fireworks on the 4th of July. It would only cost between $9,000 to $12,000 for a decent show, and I find it hard to believe we can not cut something to pay for fireworks.

    -Randall Lee Yow

  3. Patrick Henry says:

    Please accept my apologies, Mr. Yow. Thank you for commenting. And thank you for bringing this issue to the residents. Some may say it is insignificant compared to the county’s other woes, but it’s not. Every dime of taxpayer dollars needs to be spent wisely.

    Most of all, though, I pray you and your loved ones came out unharmed from yesterday’s disaster.


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