Editor: I have been following the articles about the massive school budget being proposed for 2018—$1.1 billion! According to last week’s article, the School Board asked the Board of Supervisors to spend more than $5.6 million in fiscal year 2017 surplus funds to purchase 34 school buses and new textbooks. Surplus? There is a surplus? Why has this surplus not been refunded to the taxpayers or at least put toward the new 2018 budget? This is not the board’s money to do with as they wish; it belongs to us the taxpayers.
Buying new textbooks and digital learning resources is estimated to cost about $3 million. Why not use the surplus to buy them? The last time I became aware that there was a surplus, I neglected to write and should have. The surplus was used at that time to buy cell phones for every teacher in every school to be hooked up to the weather department so they could be notified of any bad weather. Those funds should have been returned to the taxpayers or at least put toward the next year’s budget. We do not live in an area where there is no notification of bad weather coming. This was a colossal waste of money.
Any surplus funds do not belong to the elected officials; they belong to the taxpayers.
Virginia Kramer, Leesburg