The pork in the Bethel School District bond is that in order to get new schools and a swimming pool, we have to have a water park consisting of water slide, lazy river and splash pool.
These do not enhance water safety or teach students to swim at all. They are unnecessary luxuries and will create continuous, escalating expenses for district taxpayers.
Superintendent Tom Seigel and the school board could have submitted a more reasonable and efficient bond proposal by eliminating these items. That would have enabled the voters to accept much-needed new schools and even the pool, without the excesses we already voted down.
This costly legacy will most likely make Bethel the only school district with its own white elephant water park.
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It’s April, and tax time again. Say no to this wasteful bond.
Seigel should resubmit a bond that uses taxpayers’ money efficiently, so we can afford to provide the needed schools and supplies without the waste.