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Letter to the editor: Don’t reward bad decisions


Don’t reward bad decisions

Taxpayers in Douglas County may be asked to approve a ballot question asking voters to approve an increase for mill levy override money to fund teacher pay. Why? Who created the policy to move away from a salary schedule to performance pay and market-based salaries that may have created the pay gap within the district and put Douglas County teachers behind other districts in the metro area?

While other school districts maintained their salary schedules, Douglas County did away with theirs under poor policy decisions just to be innovative. This policy decision created the issues facing Douglas County and now taxpayers may be asked to bail out the district. This is not the federal government in bailing out banks due to their poor policy decisions and not being held accountable but rewarded for poor policy. Are Douglas County voters going to reward poor policy decisions and fund more money so elected officials can continue making poor decisions? Granted, there is new leadership on the school board from those who created the mess, but there is also new leadership in Washington and consumers continue to experience poor decision making that impacts their pockets.

At what point do voters hold elected officials accountable rather than continue to fund their poor policy decisions?

Dave Usechek



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