Author Archives: seektruth

Taxpayers? What Taxpayers?

When the Batavia School Board makes decisions, it doesn’t care one bit what the people who must pay for their pet projects think. When 8,627* voters, by a margin of roughly 3-t0-1, tell the School Board “no” to borrowing $15 … Continue reading

Posted in School District | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Council Cured, School Board Worsens

The Batavia City Council has recovered its sensibilities. In a 11-3 vote, they decided to find a final $150,000 to cut from the budget so they wouldn’t have to raise taxes. However, the Batavia School Board has become more deaf. … Continue reading

Posted in City Council, School District | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Fever is Spreading

It’s not just the School District anymore; the City has caught the tax/spend fever. They’re even using the same rhetoric: “We have to tax all we can now in case we can’t raise taxes later.” Governor Rauner’s proposal to freeze … Continue reading

Posted in City Council, School District | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Wait and See

John Dryden’s first regular board meeting (5/26/15) on the Batavia Board of Education was encouraging. He asked many good, intelligent questions. He voted “abstain” on a vote that followed what were, in my mind, inadequate answers to his questions. He … Continue reading

Posted in School District | Tagged | Leave a comment

Why Not Dryden?

Why should Batavia voters vote GRO–Gabriel, Rechenmacher, Olache–for Batavia School Board Tuesday, April 7, and not Dryden? The following came out of an email discussion with a concerned voter: While I did agree with John Dryden on the issue of … Continue reading

Posted in School District | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Vote GRO

Bill Gabriel, Ron Rechenmacher, and Michelle Olache, forming the team GRO Batavia, have a website at grobatavia.org . It’s well worth looking at. Besides their platform of “First Class Education, Sustainable Future, Lower Tax Burden, Greater Transparency, Community Dialogue, and … Continue reading

Posted in School District | Tagged , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Batavia Should Consider Itself Lucky

Batavia should consider itself lucky that it got the River St. arch for a mere $118,000. It could have been worse. Just look at what Altamanu, the designer of the arch, did to….er, I mean,…for Chicago’s Fulton Market District. That … Continue reading

Posted in City Council | Tagged , | Leave a comment