Letter - 167 acres for a new school - are you kidding?Alexandria City Council announced that the new city police station cost is now under budget; partially because they shifted money from the city’s stormwater utility fee.
To the editor:
Alexandria City Council announced that the new city police station cost is now under budget; partially because they shifted money from the city’s stormwater utility fee. So, they are basically robbing from this fund to make the taxpayer feel good.
Do they think we’re that stupid? It’s still our tax money. Thank you, Mr. Virgil Batesole, for questioning the money shift at the council meeting.
Wasting money 101: 167 acres for a new high school? Are you kidding me? Jefferson High School is a little over 50 years old and my house is over 100 years old. The difference being, it’s been taken care of and upgraded when necessary, unlike the Washington School, the jail, etc. So, all new schools built will have to be replaced in 50 years due to lack of upkeep and upgrades? Also, let’s put all new schools far apart so the buses have to travel hundreds of extra miles per year. If all the new schools were on the same land, say 167 acres, all systems could be combined: sewer, water, roads, bus garages and many other cost-saving ideas. Too simple a solution.
Please bear in mind, this is only my opinion (and many other taxpayers), but as we have come to learn, our opinion doesn’t count. The only opinion that does count is the one that the city councils, school boards, or whomever decide on, and they justify their decision by hiring firms to give them a favorable opinion.