Last night, the Grove City School Board raised taxes a full two mills. Under the direction of Board President Jane Rath, the tax hike went through with generous pay increases to administrators. Superintendent Bob Post saw his salary jump to $112,000 per year, while Assistant Superintendet Tom Bell saw an increase to $98,000 per year.
At a time when Grove City residents see an average yearly income of $35,000 per year, raising taxes to pay for generous salary hikes is deplorable. The school district only uses about half of the tax income on in-class expenditures, so this latest tax grab clearly isn't for the children. Shame on the liberal Grove City School Board!
Here's a gem of a quote from Rath (courtesy of the June 14, 2006 Allied News): "We gave raises to great employees tonight."
Doesn't that make you warm and fuzzy inside? They raised taxes so administrators can make even more. I have no problem with people trying to make more money (duh, that's capitalism!), but I have a problem when public servants get big hikes when the citizens clearly can't afford to pay them! Jane Rath and company obviously can't live within a budget when it comes to your money, but I bet her checkbook is in the black. If she tried living like she runs the school board, she'd be bouncing checks everywhere (or robbing banks to pay her debts). Either way, she'd be a felon.
Think about that the next time you see a school board member or administrator haugtily walking around the town...or motoring about in their Volvos.