Not getting numbers of indebtedness

To the editor:

How can I say this nicely?

We have been asked to approve a two-part school referendum based on one number for each question. We don’t vote on a referendum by category with five or six different amounts that we need to total. So, why is it so hard for the superintendent’s office to come up with one number for our current indebtedness?

To quote the county auditor regarding my letter to the editor (Feb.1), he said, “your numbers were correct.” When my numbers were disputed (Feb. 24 letter from the superintendent), I asked the superintendent’s office to submit to us, the voting and taxpaying public, one number of indebtedness (March 1 letter) that would in fact also say the county auditor was incorrect (I don’t think so). Well folks, to date, the superintendent’s office has not been forthcoming with that one number. Why do you think that is?

It seems Mr. Deutz, with information from Ehlers, nailed it in another letter to the editor on March 14. The real debt to the homeowner example in that letter was much, much higher than the amount advertised by the school district as the “tax impact.” I also talked to Ehlers and came to the same results Mr. Deutz stated.

Not only are we not getting a true number for current indebtedness before we vote, we are also not getting true numbers as to the total negative impact this will have on our taxes should the referendum pass.

The important thing to do now is to vote on this referendum. We need you to vote early if you’ll be busy April 18, or make sure to vote that day.

You know what you need to do — we need your vote.

Harold Dieken