County Schools Should Release The Report On The Condition Of School Buildings

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Hamilton County Commissioners please demand the immediate release of the buildings assessment conducted by the Florida-based MGT Consulting on behalf of the Hamilton County Department of Education.  I believe that HCDE has intentionally withheld the findings contained in the report to control the message for their pursuit of a property tax increase.  

 

The building report was funded by the taxpayers, and withholding the report is just more HCDE political manipulation of taxpayers.

 

It is a reasonable matter of transparency for HCDE to produce any and all information, as they lobby for a 11 or 12 percent tax increase.

In fact, Mayor Coppinger, I understand you have the preliminary copy of the report.  Release that report, as a matter of transparency.

 

HCDE spends at least half a million a year of our property tax dollars to control the message, and more on a lobby against parental choice vouchers.   

 

The emails of Dr. Johnson and School Board Member Jenny Hill expose an irrefutable fact - HCDE diverts tax dollars from public education for political issue campaigning. The Tennessee Little Hatch Act clearly prohibits this activity with HCDE equipment, employee time, and resources. 

 

The emails I read from open records paint a live image of true money grubbers that care not about the best interest of the children of Hamilton County. I cannot sugar coat this. The evidence is too pervasive.

 

HCDE is notoriously dishonest.

 

It is a reasonable expectation for property taxes paid for education to actually be spent on education, not stopping state legislation HCDE disagrees with or the parental choice vouchers.

 

Those emails have ensured that I will view HCDE in its true and proper light.

 

There are several ways to lie 1) tell a direct lie, 2) exaggerate,  or 3) withhold information and omissions.

 

HCDE, stop the lies and produce the Deferred Building Report, preliminary or final. The taxpayers funded that report. I should not have to wait 10 days for the open records request.

 

I want to read the report I help fund, tomorrow.   The people of Hamilton County should not be excluded from seeing all the information.

 

April Eidson


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