Letter: CCS should become more efficient before requesting referendum

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Editor,

It is amazing to me that with businesses throughout the country revealing how much money they are going to save and how much more productive they will be with reduction in government regulation we have had no similar outpouring from the public sector.

I’ve often been told that much of the bloating of the administrative staffs of public school systems is due to government regulation and reporting requirements (I remember as a kid that the superintendent’s office of our 2,000-student district consisted of the superintendent and a secretary!).

Should we not be able to see a gross paring down of administrative budgets down the road in education, too?

The upcoming operating levy vote can sound like everything stays the same, but it doesn’t. With the extra levy amount funded by the extra voted tax, the board will have the ability to raise taxes on their own next time. If we don’t pass the levy, they will still have the money they need right now because of reductions in the base tax use, but they will have to come back for an increase later if they need it.

I would like to see a demonstration of administrative staff efficiencies and consolidations before I vote for more taxes. I am an ardent supporter of education and I know how fortunate we are to have a great school system in Carmel. I just hate to see inefficiency and waste.

Tom Fuller, Carmel

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