Ocean City Today

School board spending should be accounted for

Readers' Forum
Apr 26, 2018



printed 04/27/2018



May 1 the Worcester County Commissioners will hold a public hearing about the proposed raising of our property taxes. The hearing will take place at 7 p.m. at the Snow Hill High School. The following is the letter that I sent them. They need to hear from all of us.

Dear Commissioners,

I have been to many public hearings in the last 35 years. I thought I would offer my comments for this upcoming hearing of May 1 in this email format.

I have always commented on how population growth leads to infrastructure loading, which always leads to higher taxes. I advocated for the preservation of our agricultural zones preventing large developments from being built. You commissioners have done a good job in this endeavor, as have your predecessors since 1982.

However, Worcester County’s population has grown tremendously since this time as have our tax bills. What has been done is done and please continue to work hard to maintain our rural environment and preserve our agricultural zones.

The last time I checked, 52 percent of our property taxes goes to our public schools. Every May school personnel will pour into the auditorium and want an increase in funding, as they have done these many years.

What frustrates me is the fact that there is no accounting for where all these millions of dollars are spent on. I would like for you commissioners to consider demanding a full accounting of how the money we award the Board of Education is spent.

You will then be able to scrutinize the allocations and look for better ways to spend the money, eliminate waste, and, perhaps, lessen our tax burden.

Thank you for taking the time to read my concerns.

Dennis W Evans


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