I think some of us taxpayers and business people went to grade school in a one-room school with all eight grades and one teacher. We had outdoor toilets, no air conditioning or million-dollar gyms to play in, and recess was outdoors where we often played ball. We studied and learned what the teacher taught us, then went on to high school and some to college, where we had more places to play. I don't remember any drug problems back then. Most of us turned out rather well in my opinion as you are asking us to pay the bills now. We did not ask the taxpayers to go in debt for $150 million for 30 years to pay for it. I think the kids have it a little better then we did already and can learn as much where they are now as they can with four multi-million dollar gyms to play in.

If this tax bond is passed, it will cost us taxpayers around $5 million per year for the next 30 years. Will the extra tax on property cause more people to leave Hays or cause house prices to go down? About half of that is just interest. Interest goes to fat cats and does not build anything. It will take around two-and-a-half years to do all this building. By the time it is paid off, the buildings will be around 30 years old. With four new gyms and more buildings, operation costs could go up. USD 489  is receiving over $13 million from property taxes now. That would go to $18 million per year. In my opinion, this is way to much money for them to spend.

If all this building is necessary and they would put off building for one year, then we could give them $5 million plus the $2.4 million per year they already get for maintenance and repairs that they could spend to improve the schools. If we done this each year for around 15 years, they would receive the $75 million plus the $36 million and have some improvement every year and everything would be paid for in only 15 years and the taxpayers would be off the hook for the next 15 years. That would save taxpayers over $70 million in interest. They could also take advantage of new technology as it came about over the next 15 years and all the building would not all be 30 years old at the same time. Is this possible to do? After all, teachers teach, buildings don't. Should we spend some money on more teachers in small classrooms instead of big buildings?

Glen Teel,