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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: On school bond money

July 11, 2014

From Mark Guyton, Starkville

I have been reading with interest about the tug-of-war between our city government and the school administration over the $474,081 that was “discovered” in a city account. Who is responsible for the millage not being properly adjusted after the bonds were retired? Was it an oversight, or did our local officials deliberately ignore the issue and simply live up to the old adage “there is no permanence like a temporary tax?”

When we voted for the original bond issue, it was for a specific amount ($4.26 million in principal). Any money collected over the amount necessary to retire the bonds does not belong to the schools or the city. It belongs to the taxpayers who were wrongly overtaxed. The issue of some of the taxpayers living outside of the city limits, but inside the school district, is irrelevant. The schools could keep the money and immediately reduce the millage to all the taxpayers who were wrongly overtaxed by the amount necessary to fully refund the money. That is the only correct resolution to this mess.

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