Happy Memorial Day Fluff

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Registered: 03-27-2013
Happy Memorial Day Fluff
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Fri, 05-24-2013 - 11:45am

1. How's the weather going to be for your Memorial Day weekend?

2. What's for dinner?

3. Do you vote for your school budget? Edited to say, the one that the board of education decides and you go to the polls to vote yes or no each year. If not, why not?

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Registered: 06-27-1998
Fri, 05-24-2013 - 2:31pm

springfever2013 wrote:
<p><span style="font-size:13px">No, I wouldn't be surprised--I live in a pretty conservative state and a lot of people vote no on any bond because it would raise their taxes.  I'm the opposite.  I vote for everything--I like nice roads, to have working fire trucks &amp; ambulences and to have schools that have roofs that are not leaking &amp; about to fall on everyone's head.  The things I would not vote for, never come up for citizen votes.  </span></p><p><span style="font-size:small"><strong><span>I think $10/more a week is WORTH it for the education of our children. Many don't :(</span></strong></span></p>

For me it would depend on how they are spending their funds, I normally always vote for bond issues and the like for my local public school district because they do a good job spending the money that they receive.  If they weren't doing a good job than I would be much more hesitant to support that vote.

PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 09-01-2002
Fri, 05-24-2013 - 2:30pm

springfever2013 wrote:
  </p><p style="font-size:13px"><strong>Yes, exactly but what happens on years that they don't get enough state aid and have to cut things? The tax payers have no say at all for their kids education</strong>?</p><p style="font-size:13px">Having the public vote on a budget sounds pretty messy actually.  If they vote no, then they have to start over, come up with a new one, hold a new election yadda yadda.  Holding elections costs money btw, so that is less money going to actual education.</p><p style="font-size:13px"><strong>It happens all the time by me. This has gone on for as long as I remember being a kid. Luckily this is one of the first years it has happened in my district but it happens every year in many others. We have total districts. There were only 6 that were voted down this time so that was not bad but unfortunately, mine was one of them.</strong></p><p style="font-size:13px"><strong>The amount of money that people get paid for the elections is all written out, have seen it with my own eyes.  When I went to vote there were only 4 people working the polls. I don't have it in front of me right now but the total is probably about 50 people if even that at almost minimum wage (they are senior citizens who are running the polls). </strong></p>

We have computerized voting booths so we save on paper!  Our voting place people are also unpaid volunteers. 

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Registered: 02-24-2009
Fri, 05-24-2013 - 2:30pm
1. How's the weather going to be for your Memorial Day weekend? Not sure. 2. What's for dinner? Not sure, going for a walk and will see what happens. 3. Do you vote for your school budget? Edited to say, the one that the board of education decides and you go to the polls to vote yes or no each year. If not, why not? No, here schools are paid by the national government, like defense, for example, in the US.
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Registered: 10-06-2010
Fri, 05-24-2013 - 2:30pm

springfever2013 wrote:
It is not them agreeing, it is the problem of them not giving enough funds. We have 47,000 registered voters and only 12,500 came out :(</span></strong></span></p>

Then it doesn't sound as if it is the BUDGET they're voting on, but the tax rate/percentage or the allocation or something along that line.  

"I don’t mind a banshee, that’s fine. 2 banshees? I HATE you. I actually wish bad things upon you." -- Day[9] Daily #459 P1

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Registered: 03-27-2013
Fri, 05-24-2013 - 2:30pm

This reminds me - the first time I ever heard the term "chicken cutlet" was here on this board. And I think it's the only time I've heard it.   "By us" we have boneless skinless chicken breasts, or chicken tender(loin)s.    when I first heard it, I had to google it - and from what I can tell, the term can mean any thin slice of raw meat (usually pork, veal or chicken), but it most commonly used to mean a breaded cutlet.  which is probably why I hadn't heard the term or use the term.  Breaded chicken isn't something I eat, see, or fix very often - it's very rare for me.

Yeah, breaded chicken cutlet (or veal or pork) is not the healthiest, especially when you fry it (which tastes the best lol). 

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Registered: 06-27-1998
Fri, 05-24-2013 - 2:29pm

litlmiss_cantbewrong wrote:
<p><blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"><div class="quote-author"><em class="placeholder">springfever2013</em> wrote:</div>&lt;p&gt;Last week we marinaded them and put them on the BBQ. &lt;/p&gt;</blockquote></p><p>Ok, would you say you make them breaded and/or chilcken parm most of the time?  There's nothing wrong with that, if you don't make a huge variety.  I'm just wondering.  I hardly ever make chicken parm.  I do make various recipes with breading the chicken (sometimes with some sauce but not with tomato sauce), but we don't call it chicken cutlets.  I think that's more regional.</p>

I make it on occasion, mostly in the colder months as I think its too heavy of a dish for spring/summer.  I'm more of a grill type person in the spring/summer.

PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 03-27-2013
Fri, 05-24-2013 - 2:28pm

And really, if 104 Senators and 435 Representatives can't agree - after MONTHS of study, analysis and discussion - on a budget, how in the world will 10000, 50000, or 1000000 people in a community be able to?

It is not them agreeing, it is the problem of them not giving enough funds. We have 47,000 registered voters and only 12,500 came out :(

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Registered: 03-27-2013
Fri, 05-24-2013 - 2:27pm

Yes Spring you & I can agree on that.  It's very important.

Laughing

 I can't afford to send my children to private school.  I have saved for college to the best of my ability.  But everyone benefits if all children get a good education in the public schools.  There are people here who have admitted that they complained about how big & huge the budget is and there must be dozens of places to cut it and then have joined a committee to do just that and found it--it's just not that easy--and there isn't some slush fund somehwere that is totally ridiculous.

Yep, ITA.

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Registered: 06-27-1998
Fri, 05-24-2013 - 2:25pm

springfever2013 wrote:
<p><span style="font-size:13px">3.  Our school board decides our budget and they are the only ones who vote on it.  We don't vote on a budget for our local government either.  Our Municipality has assembly people &amp; they vote on it.  Anyway when we have local elections there are usually special bonds that we vote on if we want bigger projects done, like building new schools or putting a bunch of money into old schools to renovate etc.  I do vote in every election though.  </span></p><p><strong><span style="font-size:13px">Wow, I am so surprised that the tax payers don't get any say if their school taxes go up. </span></strong></p>

They do, at least ime...but that isn't the same thing as a school budget, see previous post.

PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 06-27-1998
Fri, 05-24-2013 - 2:24pm

springfever2013 wrote:
<p><span style="font-size:13px">I understood your question the second time.  And the answer is still no.  Only the board votes on the budget.</span></p><p><strong><span style="font-size:x-small"><span>Oh ok. So you have no yearly vote to see if and why your school taxes go up?</span></span></strong></p>

A budget is what they do with the money they receive, voting on the percentage of taxes that go to school districts, is a separate thing.  Our taxes are based on property values, not a school budget, there would be way too many school district budgets to consider for our county property taxes.  

PumpkinAngel

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