we are rehiring five gym teachers. My post yesterday concentrated of the consequences of living within our school budget. Although the post was concise, as per my style, I had done my homework. Conversations with Armstrong and Zimmerman revealed that they would not support any rehires, while we faced an 8.5% tax increase for the next four years. Last night the remainder of their peers voted to bring back the elementary level gym teachers. It is reasonable to expect even more rehires will occur when the State Budget reveals a few more dollars for Allentown. By not applying the found dollars to the general fund, the School Board is ensuring that the full tax increases will be levied. This approach in four years will yield an effective tax increase of 38%. The suburban school tax increase this year averaged 2.8%. Although yesterday I tried not to stake out a position on the rehiring, I can tell you that unabated tax increases will have dire consequences in the sought after middle class home market. While we are diverting close to a $Billion Dollars in state income taxes to gentrify Hamilton Street, we are squeezing the joy out of both our children and homeowners.
UPDATE: Rolf Oeler wonders in a comment if Scott Armstrong will be reelected. On a Facebook page I visited today, an administrator at a local charity called Armstrong a troll and useless. A teacher from Dieruff called him a stupid ass. I suspect that with the 8.5% tax increase, he will be reelected if he articulates his position to the taxpayers. In a few years, when the increase reaches 38%, his positions will be appreciated even more. However, I doubt that he will tolerate the abuse for that long.