To the editor:
I received a call from someone with a very good understanding of the West Hancock school system. He expressed concerns about the school buying the trailer park and building a bus barn. I strongly urge the current board to consider his points.
1. If WH buys the trailer court, what will become of the current residents, of which 19 are students? If half move out of the district we could lose $60,000 in yearly state funding. We lost 30 students this year, we can’t afford more next year.
2. If bought, removing that property from the tax rolls, the rest of us will have to make up the difference.
3. If WH is currently paying rent to use a building at the fairgrounds, the fairground board will lose that funding stream. For once we have a couple tax funded entities working together, why ruin an efficient operation?
4. Current residents cannot afford to move their trailers, so chances are they will be just abandoned and leave the current owner or WH with the problem/cost of disposal.
5. Do the nearby residents want a large storage building in a residential area? It may be an improvement over the current situation, but at what cost?
6. How about tax credits for an upgraded trailer park. If the goal is to bring young families with kids to our district, they need an affordable place to live. Note: trailers seem to be fine for snowbirds.
7. We have a declining rural population which means smaller transportation needs. Why place the district into debt 20 years, for a building that may be oversized 10 years from now?
8. Any realtor will tell you it is about location so why take a prime location for young families, close to a school, off the market.
9. Is the reason we can’t build on ground we own now because it will take away a few parking spots from a home football game? If so, that makes those parking spots really expensive.
10. A new government funded building will have to be built to meet so many rules and regulations it will make your head spin, driving up cost.
11. After built, you have grounds maintenance, insurance and repairs. A bus barn has zero return on investment, just ongoing expenses.
12. Finally, it’s a bus. It doesn’t know if it’s sitting inside an old building or a new one.
This letter was put together to get you to think about our school and it’s spending. By all means contact your board member and express your own views.
John B. Johnson Britt