For those of you contemplating not passing the Waterloo levy in February I would like to break it down into something we all can understand. This levy will cost the taxpayers $15, or a medium-sized pizza, a month.
To those saying, "That is far too much!" I say "Not really," especially considering that the medium pizza will last you a day or so and it will not be preparing children to be your future leaders, physicians, lawyers or educated parents. In addition, that pizza does not affect your property value; the school, however, does.
Our school was rated Excellent with Distinction last year.Our scores have dropped quite a bit since then. Why? Because people did not vote for the levy that would have allowed us to afford the supplies needed to teach our kids properly.
To those who say either "Well, it's not my job to take care of the school. My kids have graduated and now have kids of their own" or "I've graduated myself from school and it's not my job to take care of the school I once attended," my response is: "People are your business." As long as there are those who need to be taught and those willing to teach this school that you live near it is your job to vote for its upkeep.
We cannot cut back anymore, we have already cut down to bare bones, and cutting the meager income the teachers get already would be disastrous. They need to be able to feed themselves and their families, too. To punish the good teachers because kids come home complaining about a few bad ones is ridiculous and unfair.
Also to you who say that there is no way you could afford to pay for this levy, I leave you with this: My family is dirt poor, relying on the kindness of others and the food bank to feed ourselves and even we vote for the levy every time. Your selfishness needs to end and this levy needs to pass.
Chassidy Brown, Atwater