Friday, March 12, 2010
Pike Pro-Referendum PAC is Formed
A political action committee has been formed to support the Pike Township referendum that would allow the Pike Township Schools to borrow money to tear down Guion Creek Elementary and construct a new school building.
The Chairman of the political action committee called "Pike Taxpayers for Better Schools" is Timothy Koponen, a local political activist with ties to the Republican and Libertarian parties.
I think Koponen will have a tough sell. Pike taxpayers have grown weary of perfectly adequate school buildings only a few decades old being torn down in favor of brand new facilities. I have taught as a substitute teacher in Guion Creek Elementary School. There is little wrong with that building. Same with Eastbrook Elementary (which the district also decided to tear down) another school I substituted at frequently.
I know the argument is that building a new Guion Creek Elementary won't cause an increase in taxes because a construction bond on another building is being paid off when the new Guion construction bond is being taken out. Pike taxpayers should reject that justification. Why not cut the district's debt and reduce taxes? Pike residents are already overtaxed for our schools compared to other districts.
As a school board candidate, I'll for now keep an open mind on the referendum. I though have reviewed the Pike administration's talking points in favor of the construction. (I'll post a link once I can find the talking points again on-line.) They fall far short of justifying the taxpayers continuing to have to service needless debt with their property taxes. Koponen needs to come up with better arguments than advanced thus far if he expects the Pike voters to support this costly project.