PAnews.com, Port Arthur, Texas

September 21, 2012

Worst possible time for tax election

Mattie Londow
The Port Arthur News

— The decision of the Port Arthur Independent School District superintendent and board of trustees to hold a general election to raise the property tax rate of its stakeholders could not have been held at a worse time of the year. The highest priority for PAISD should have been to open the school year on a positive note for its teachers, students, as well as all stakeholders. The 2012-2013 budget should be based on available funds so there should be no threat to the teachers’ contracts or other basic operations.

Meanwhile, I recommend vote no for the tax rate increase until an external audit is conducted and reviewed for all operational budgets from 2006 until present. By the way, what happened to the performing arts school, K-16, first announced in 2006 and included in the 2007 bond election? What budgetary actions were taken in preparation for the announced reductions in state funding? Vote no until we are assured that the superintendent and the PAISD board of trustees have done their job responsibly.

Mattie Londow

Port Arthur