We’re hearing it again, “It won’t raise taxes”. The Batavia School Board said the same in 2007 when it promised the $75 million bonds referendum for the Batavia Fine Arts Center, the fieldhouse, and other assorted smaller projects would not raise taxes. They shuffled money between funds to pay the debt service until they had no money left and–guess what?–they raised our taxes 11% to pay for the bonds.
Now the School Board (different members, same groupthink) is promising the $15 million in bonds they want for 2 artificial turf fields and other assorted smaller projects will not raise taxes. This time they’re coming right out and saying they intend to shuffle money between funds to pay for the $17 million in capital projects through 2024 not covered under the $15 million bonds (cost of capital projects for the last 10 yrs of the bonds is unknown).
“Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.”