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Letters to the Editor

October 30, 2013

Goshen mayor urges 'Yes' vote on Nov. 5

I am writing to encourage voters in the Goshen Community Schools district to support the building projects with their YES votes on Tuesday, Nov. 5. I am dismayed with naysayers who choose to focus only on the swimming pool portion of the project, claiming it is frivolous.

For one thing, it makes sense to replace two aging pools (one 50 years old), suffering high maintenance costs, with one pool. But more than that, there are other important aspects being ignored in their attacks on the referendum. More than 40 percent of the project cost is re-purposing existing pool spaces and building additions at Goshen High School and Goshen Middle School for music programming, physical education, special education and cafeteria needs.

At least one letter writer has suggested renters should not vote in the referendum because they do not pay property taxes. This is misleading. While landlords pay property taxes directly, tenants pay them indirectly in the cost of rent. Renters should feel very good about voting to support our schools and students who attend them.

I was pleased to read that the Goshen Chamber of Commerce has endorsed the school referendum. The Chamber understands quality schools are a critical component for a sustainable, livable community. Property tax caps have made it extremely difficult to care for schools in ways of the past. Most homeowners in Goshen have saved far more in property taxes due to tax caps than these building projects will cost them. $1.51/month for a home valued at $75,000, or $3.09/month for a median priced home ($101,500), or even $8.94/month for a home valued at $200,000 are all modest costs to maintain quality schools.

I’m voting YES. I hope a big majority of voters who live in the Goshen Schools district do likewise.

— Allan Kauffman

mayor of Goshen

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