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Thank You Franklin County
November 22, 2008 - John Stack
In today's Enterprise is a story where the county rejected a contract from the Sherrif's deputies. Wow. A elected board spending money wisely! Now, don't get me wrong. Do the sherriffs deputies 'deserve' the raises? Yes! I think they're underpaid to begin with. But, these are hard economic times. The county just can't afford it. Kudos to the county for recognizing this. The contract has been negotiated for a long time, and in a different economic climate. Its unfortunate for the deputies, but it is the fiscally prudent thing to do.
Contrast the county to the SLCS school board. They have been negotiating the contract for months also, and in a different climate. Do they think the taxpayers will not recognize this come next year at budget time? Don't be surprised if lots of sports and extracurricular activities are cut. The board will shrug their shoulders and say ' we just don't have the money'. They won't say that if the teachers just took 1% less for one year, this would fund probably all the extracurricular activities. Do the teacher's deserve their raises? yes! In these times, we all need more money for everything, essentials and non-essentials. But, are the teachers so special that they deserve to get generous raises and generous benefits packages, while unemployment rates are rising? Did the 53,000 Citibank employees deserve to get raises? Probably. Instead, they all got fired! As a parent, do you want larger classes? This is what will happen. Less money. Fewer teachers.
Here's a good one. We usually will pay more to get something better. Ironically, what will happen is that our taxes will go up substantially next year, with the added benefit of less in services! Thank you teacher's union!
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