Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)


February 12, 2013

In Your View

ASHLAND — Vote ‘yes’ to repeal Fairview utility tax

From The Independent, Sept. 16, 2012: “The Fairview Board of Education’s awarding of a $2,228,400 contract for renovations at Fairview High School marks the latest step in what has been a 30-plus-year effort to modernize the buildings in the small, independent school district based in Westwood.

“The renovation will include new lighting, new heating, ventilation and air conditioning, new windows for the classrooms and all other areas, doorways, a much-needed structural repair on the southeast corner of the school, air conditioning for the kitchen and cafeteria and new vinyl tile flooring, not to mention enhance entrance ways and exterior aesthetics,” Superintendent Bill Musick said.

“Musick says, “One does not have to have a brand new building to have a great school. We’re blessed with great teachers, great administrators and great kids, and we want to make it nice for them.”

The school board is now having open houses to display “bad” conditions at the school, and why they need to add a utility tax on the residents, in addition to a 4 percent increase in property tax for the last several years.

Don’t be fooled. As you can plainly see, these conditions are now being corrected. The board tried to stop having a vote on the tax and they are misleading the people about the urgency of needing more taxes.

Their future “dream” plans for other projects cannot be justified when many of our residents are having trouble making ends meet. The elderly on fixed incomes, unemployed and under-employed that make up our community also have wish lists they can’t afford. They cannot bear another $15 to $20 per month (their estimate), to be placed upon them for the rest of their lives. The amount you pay is going to increase every year! Stop this tax! Vote “yes” to repeal it!

Robert M. Bowen, Westwood

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