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: 03-27-2013
Fri, 05-24-2013 - 2:35pm
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.  

It is but you are voting on the budget that they have made from the reserves that the district has and what the state will give for that year. If it is not enough, like this year, you are voting on not only the amount of money but things that will get cut.

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Registered: 02-24-2010
Fri, 05-24-2013 - 2:35pm

pumpkinangel wrote:
<p><blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"><div class="quote-author"><em class="placeholder">litlmiss_cantbewrong</em> wrote:</div>&lt;p&gt;&lt;blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"&gt;&lt;div class="quote-author"&gt;&lt;em class="placeholder"&gt;springfever2013&lt;/em&gt; wrote:&lt;/div&gt;&amp;lt;p&amp;gt;Last week we marinaded them and put them on the BBQ. &amp;lt;/p&amp;gt;&lt;/blockquote&gt;&lt;/p&gt;&lt;p&gt;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.&lt;/p&gt;</blockquote></p><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.</p>

LOL, I like to grill more too. But the last few years there is no need to worry about cooking in the house & heating up the kitchen with the oven or even just eating lighter foods.  It's just hasn't been hot here (the last 2 summers especially).

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Registered: 10-06-2010
Fri, 05-24-2013 - 2:37pm

geschichtsgal wrote:
<p><blockquote class="quote-msg quote-nest-1 odd"><div class="quote-author"><em class="placeholder">savcal2011</em> wrote:</div>I said earlier that any tax increase or bond issue goes to a vote of the public.</blockquote></p><p>We don't vote on property tax (some of which is used to fund schools) increases.  Property tax is determined by the county assessor (an elected position).</p>

We vote on any increase to the tax RATE ... but not to the amount of taxes paid, as that is, as you said, determined by the assessed value of home which is determined by the assessor.

"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 - 2:37pm

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

Usually we do too. This year was paper. There were only 3 positions and no one was running against anyone so that was easy and it was just a yes or no vote.

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Registered: 02-24-2010
Fri, 05-24-2013 - 2:37pm

We have computerized voting booths so we save on paper!  Our voting place people are also unpaid volunteers.  </p>[/quote]

We have paper ballots that we fill in our ovals with pens.  Then it goes into a computerized scanner.

“Clearly," said Arthur,"you're an idiot- but you're our kind of idiot. Come on.” 
― Markus ZusakThe Book Thief

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Registered: 09-01-2002
Fri, 05-24-2013 - 2:38pm

litlmiss_cantbewrong wrote:
  You are willing to "do anything" but apparently other voters are not (all those crochety people who have no children or have grown up children).  If the budget is voted down I assume they board has meetings to try to find out why people voted no and change things.  I doubt they voted no becaue the budget was too small--I would think that you would have to cut or reduce some programs to get a smaller budget and see if that combination makes the voters happy.  Like I said, it seems messy.  What if the voters are particularly crochety that year &amp; vote no again, 3rd election, ugh!</p>

I don't see where your schools' method in passing it budget is less costly than Spring's or any other school district.  And it's not really an expense to "advertise" the days of town meetings or votes.  Rather, "giving notice" is simply publishing the dates and places at taxpayer expense in whatever forum state or local statute requires.  A newspaper, the internet.  Not a huge cost I'd imagine.

We don't have "3rd elections" here.  Just referenda if the schools budget doesn't pass following the public vote at the polling places.

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Registered: 03-27-2013
Fri, 05-24-2013 - 2:38pm

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.

Sometimes it is not how they are spending the money but how much they were given. 

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Fri, 05-24-2013 - 2:39pm

springfever2013 wrote:
<blockquote><div style="font-weight:bold"><em>springfever2013</em> wrote:</div>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 :(&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/strong&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/p&gt;</blockquote><p style="font-size:13px"></p><p style="font-size:13px">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.  </p><p style="font-size:13px"><span style="font-size:small"><strong>It is but you are voting on the budget that they have made from the reserves that the district has and what the state will give for that year. If it is not enough, like this year, you are voting on not only the amount of money but things that will get cut.</strong></span></p>

Then how can it not be about everyone agreeing?  If there isn't enough $$ and stuff has to be cut, how doe 47,000 (or 12,500) ever agree on what should be cut?  I've witnessed school board deliberations - even getting 5 people to agree takes considerable time.

"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: 06-27-1998
Fri, 05-24-2013 - 2:43pm

springfever2013 wrote:
<p><span style="font-size:13px">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.  </span></p><p><span style="font-size:small"><strong><span><span>We pay town home owners taxes, not county and our schools are in them (which is the highest part of our taxes). </span></span></strong></span></p>

We pay home owners tax, that is called real estate taxes in my area and we also pay personal property taxes on items such as cars, boats, and such.  They are paid to the county if you live in a county or to the city if you live in the city boundaries, which I do not, I live in the county.  Those taxes go for a variety of things, including our local school district.  There are over 20 different school districts in my county alone.  The local school district gets local, state and federal funding.  The local funding comes from property and other taxes and you can appeal the value of your taxes.

PumpkinAngel

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Registered: 05-13-2009
Fri, 05-24-2013 - 2:45pm

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

No paper ballots to prevent fraud? That's a hacker's dream district.

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