The people who have developed this Referendum are lucky enough to not have to live pay check to pay check, struggling just to pay the mortgage and put food on the table. The people that will pay for it aren’t so fortunate! 28 million dollars is a HUGE figure, considering the median income in Oshkosh is $52,387.00(2014). That is a drop from $58,451.00 in 2008. In 7 years Oshkosh taxpayers lost $6,064.00 income (on average) OUCH! Taxes from the school district have gone up 49.5 % during the last 10 years… NOT including referenda and energy efficiency increases. Doesn’t that seem out of sync with reality?
I have looked at Social Security statistics that show more people are on fixed incomes every year. This is common sense as our population ages. These people deserve these benefits 100% but some are put in a position that their incomes don’t grow. Thus the “fixed income” moniker. Through no fault of their own they are placed between a rock and hard place when ANY tax increase hurts them. Property taxes are especially hard on them because there is no way for them to keep up with the constant increases.
Let’s just ignore all that. You can eat later, and find a new place to live. Essentially, the school district has decided that they need your money MORE than you do.
While fixed incomes families are hurt the other group is the poor/working poor. They also lack the funds to keep this referendum marry-go-round pushing more money in to school that have less students. Yet the spending is always increasing creating a ‘death cycle’ of taxation for people that can’t afford it.
Why haven’t all these people campaigning for this been giving the school this money all along? Nothing stops anyone from giving their money to the school. If the people even working at the school would agree to live at the median income level and give the rest to the school, we wouldn’t need to be taxed nearly as much!
Let’s carry the ‘no’ vote for the poor and the people on fixed incomes. The district ignores them even when asked about this to their faces. They act like they didn’t hear the question and start talking about why the school needs the money to stop the cuts. This referendum needs to fail so they make ends meet. That should be more important that increasing spending for less students. Why should the working poor and fixed Income voters always bear the brunt of these referendums to Increase Spending. They shouldn’t and we all know that. – Jim LeClaire