News Flash: Liberal, Big Government Spenders Exist in School Districts Too!

OK, so it may not really be a news flash that school districts are often some of the biggest, least watched spenders of our tax money locally.  Some of you already knew that but just need a gentle reminder that questionable management of our tax dollars may be occurring in our own backyards!

We blogged about the 25% tax levy increase that the Mehlville Public School District has placed on the ballot for November 2 (Another Prop C – Only This Time, It Should Be NO!).  Five former school board members, several of them past board presidents, have announced their opposition to the tax levy increase (Five former Mehlville school board members oppose 88-cent tax hike).  When you have five former school board members who are against a measure from the district, you know that there is something terribly wrong with the proposal!

The folks over at Mehlville Community Taxpayers Association (MCTA) blog have a rather on-point posting about the apparent disregard the Mehlville Public School Board has for good fiscal management.  As they increase pay and benefits with no long-term plan other than tax increases to pay for them, they take potshots at the Mehlville Fire Protection District (MFPD) for being fiscally responsible!

Albert Einstein is credited with this definition – Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. The Mehlville Public School District Board of Directors may want to consider either a self-exam or professional help.  They are obviously no Einsteins, but they are perilously close to fitting the definition!

For your reading pleasure, here is the MCTA blog posting.

Memo to Karl Frank, Jr.: Make That Call To The Mehlville Fire Board – TODAY!

On October 13, the Mehlville Board of Education voted unanimously to borrow up to $10 million to shore up the underfunded “teacher’s fund”.  That’s strange. Were we not told by this same Board that everything was marvelous with the district’s fund balances?
Mehlville employees were awarded close to 15% in salary & benefit increases over the last several years with no major new sources of revenue. It appears that these huge giveaways are not sustainable. It also seems that this incompetent Board has to borrow money just to keep employee paychecks up to date. Does this sound like wise stewardship of your tax dollars?
To add insult to injury, the Call reported in today’s edition: “Before the vote on the resolution last week, board member Karl Frank Jr. joked to Knobloch (Chief Financial Officer Noel Knobloch), “Noel, have you run this by the Mehlville fire board?” Knobloch laughed and replied, “No I haven’t, but if he wants to call I’d be happy to discuss it with him (Aaron Hilmer).” “You should really think about that in the future,” Frank said.” Click HERE to read the Call Newspapers’ article.
Since Mr. Frank is presiding over a school district that can’t make it’s payroll…we hardly think that Frank has any credibility to criticize the fiscal successes of the Mehlville Fire Protection District.
Aaron Hilmer and his Board have been sued 25 times by it’s union employees in their quest to reform the district’s pensions, operations and administration. We haver never read that Hilmer needed to borrow money to pay MFPD’s employees. But Hilmer opposes Mr. Frank’s huge 25% tax increase, Prop C and is also a member of the MCTA.
Yet, Mr. Frank may be on to something. Perhaps a call to Aaron Hilmer from the big spending Mehlville Board of Education would yield good financial advice that would keep the paychecks coming to employees without borrowing $10 million to meet short term cash flow deficits.
We think that Karl Frank, Jr. and his tax-and-spend Board of Progressives will suffer a backlash from the voters of South County for their cheap shot at the MFPD Board. Hilmer, Stegman and Ryan proven to the voters that property taxes can be cut and employee pensions can be reformed without damaging services to the public.

Memo to Mr. Frank: Make that call today!

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2 Responses to “News Flash: Liberal, Big Government Spenders Exist in School Districts Too!”

  1. tiredofyourlies says:

    When are you guys going to stop lying about Prop C?

    It won’t raise taxes 25%. You conveniently forget to include county taxes, fire district taxes, MSD taxes, county parks taxes and the zoo-museum taxes.

    More importantly. Your superhero former board members were lousy fiscal stewards when they served on the Mehlville Board. They served when the district was put on the state’s financially distressed list twice. They put Prop P on the ballot without any professional cost estimates. They signed the contract with the contractor that cost the Mehlville taxpayers an extra 7 MILLION DOLLARS! Mr. Bivins excuse “I was busy running for state rep and didn’t look at the spending as I should have.” HE failed in his obligation to the voters.

    Under the CURRENT board, any and all capital improvements have come in on time and under budget. The turf fields make a PROFIT for the district. Injuries have been reduced. They are used by thousands of children and residents of South County each year. THEY HAVEN’T COST THE TAXPAYER ANY ADDITIONAL MONEY. This current board has replaced the 20+ year old textbooks that your guys could NEVER find money for. They have reduced the size of the central office administration, saving the taxpayers about $200,000 every year. The district balance sheet is the best it has been in district history. The Mehlville School District has earned Distinction in Performance from the state for 5 consecutive years. They established an external financial advisory committee. The district passes it’s annual audits with no discrepancies.

    So stop spreading your lies. This district is run efficiently. They have held public community engagement meetings for four years developing the Prop C recommendations. Any one of you could have attended and voiced your opinions or concerns. You never did. Hundreds of other residents did. They see the way we can’t keep up with other area districts. The turnip has been squeezed ’til it has no more blood.

    • Carl Bearden says:

      Nice try in attempting to distort the 25% tax hike. As everyone knows, the biggest chunk of property tax payments go to schools. As most people understand, the blog post is about the school district tax increase, except for you apparently.

      Let me guess, you also support the outrageous salary increase for the superintendent by your “fiscally responsible” board? After the public outcry and hopefully the humiliation your “fiscally responsible” board experienced making such an outrageous offer it was “retracted”. Fact is it remains outrageous and offensive that your “fiscally responsible” board even made it! Oh wait, the superintendent is a superman and cannot be replaced. Want to buy the JB bridge?

      Thanks for your desperation comment! It gives people insight into the need to tax & spend and it isn’t for the children.

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