We must invest in children’s educational future
Published 12:00 am Sunday, March 10, 2002
Pike County residents have an important opportunity on Tuesday when we go to
the polls to renew a school tax.
The renewal would extend the existing propety tax for another 29 years,
guaranteeing both the Troy City and Pike County districts some 10.7 and 9.7
mills of tax annually for each of those years.
The renewal is a key investment in our community. We often talk about education as as investment in our communities and our
futures, because we believe it is.
Communities are often assessed – even judged – based on the strength of
their public education systems. State and national standards compare the
performance of our students to others across the country, exposing our
successes and our challenges equally to millions of people each year. They
judge our community, our schools, based on those scores.
And prospective industries do the same thing. When exploring possible
locations for expansions or new endeavors, they look first at the education
system – will it produce a skilled, trainable workforce? Will the schools
appeal to employees and company leaders? Do the schools set the pace for
quality of life in the community?
That’s why investing in our public schools – through tax support, moral
support even sweat equity – pays off, whether you are the parent of a
student sitting in a classroom in Banks or a young adult starting a career
here in Pike County.
The tax millage we’ll vote to renew on Tuesday provides basic operating funds
for our districts, money critcially needed for everyday classes and
It’s a minimum investment in our schools – good schools, with bright futures – and we must make it.
Go vote on Tuesday; and vote for the tax renewal; for our schools; and for
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