published Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Bradley County boondoggle

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    Bradley County's Blue Springs Elementary School was hard hit by the April 27 tornadoes.
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There have been a lot of stupid reasons for tax hikes throughout history. Very few, however, can match the sheer lunacy behind the Bradley County wheel tax proposal.

Advocates of the wheel tax, which will be decided by Bradley County residents on the Aug. 2 ballot, claim the tax is "for the kids." After all, the proceeds from the $32 annual vehicle tax will fund the debt created by three proposed school construction projects.

In truth, the Bradley County Board of Education and other county leaders created the crisis when they apparently decided to bulldoze a perfectly good building and now are short on the cash needed to rebuild it.

Blue Springs Elementary School was hit by the April 27, 2011, tornadoes, destroying the school's roof but, evidently, doing only minor damage otherwise. Insurance companies paid out a little less than $1 million to the school board to cover the cost of putting a new roof on the school.

Instead of repairing the roof and resuming classes at the otherwise adequate school, the county used the insurance money to, among other things, tear down the existing Blue Springs Elementary School and buy land to build a new version of the school. After the school board finished their fiscally irresponsible shenanigans, they realized they'd need to snatch more tax dollars to build the new school.

That's where the idiotic wheel tax comes in.

The $2.6 million new tax on county drivers would fund the debt service on a $34.7 million bond. The borrowed money would fund the new Blue Springs Elementary, a small addition to Walker Valley High School and an update to Lake Forest Middle School.

Wheel tax defenders claim that without the levy, there won't be enough classrooms to educate kids.

Given that argument, it seems strange that the proposed Blue Springs and Lake Forest construction projects add little, if any, additional capacity for the school district. Guess they didn't need all that extra space after all.

And why would they? Blue Springs students have been absorbed into other schools, apparently with little extra strain on the other Cleveland and Bradley County elementary schools.

Voting "yes" on the Bradley County wheel tax is like giving a child a shinier, newer toy after the brat broke his original, perfectly good toy for no good reason. The schools don't need more tax dollars, they need to learn to spend money responsibly -- and quit doing stupid things like tearing down serviceable schools.

Voting against the Bradley County wheel tax is the only way to teach Bradley County officials a much-needed lesson in respect for taxpayers' hard-earned money.

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Wow, you think the Bradley County School board broke the school?

What did they do, cause the Tornadoes to hit the site?

It's funny, but maybe you should read the building inspector's report.

I dare you. See if it was really salvageable.

July 31, 2012 at 1:16 a.m.
joneses said...

Does anyone see a trend with happywithbeingafool? Every time someone stands up against stupidity by the government about raising taxes happywithbeingafool steps in with all his lies to justify raising taxes. I have some bad news for you happywithbeingafool. Our government is incompetent and the less they have control over the less they will screw up. The government does not need anymore money stupid.

July 31, 2012 at 8:30 a.m.
conservative said...

My first thoughts are- How did these people get in power, will the electorate throw them out and will they learn a lesson here?

July 31, 2012 at 9:58 a.m.

Anybody ever notice a trend with joneses? Every time there's a discussion, joneses comes in with a insults instead of actual discussion.

I have bad news for you joneses, insults don't win arguments. You don't prove anything except that you should be ignored.

But do keep up with that, if I ever needed a reason to believe I was right, your conduct would do it.

And that's a great lesson.

July 31, 2012 at 11:05 a.m.
joneses said...

Anyone ever notice what a fool happywithbeingafool is by supporting anything that raises taxes? Keep it up happywithbeingafool as you are proving exactly what a mindless fool you are. Thanks a bunch for honoring my post by reading and not ignoring them.

July 31, 2012 at 4:29 p.m.
BuckOFama said...

TAX US 100% PLEASE I make too much money and should not be allowed to make purchases or manage it how I think best. Obviously the Government knows best and has EVERYONE's best interest in mind. How can I be trusted to educate my children, buy my own healthcare, plan for my own retirement, run my business honestly, or decide morally what is correct? Jeez this poor county that has added amazon and countless other business in the past 5 years only wants another couple million dollars of the communities money what's the problem. So what that they paid more to bulldoze a schoolhouse that was made of steel and brick than it will take to replace it with a flimsy aluminum and cinderblock pinko training complex? Happy, you can pay my wheeltax for 6 work and 2 personal vehicles... thanks

July 31, 2012 at 4:43 p.m.

joneses, you're welcome, I give you more consideration than you deserve.

BuckOFama, your name tells the whole story.

July 31, 2012 at 4:45 p.m.
BuckOFama said...

so is that a no on paying my wheeltax that you are in favor of?

July 31, 2012 at 5:06 p.m.

So that's a yes on being an obvious troll?

July 31, 2012 at 5:34 p.m.
BuckOFama said...

your right happy thanks for pointing that out with such class and sophistication. I see your point now and will work on my shortcommings of thinking that I know best what to do with my life and money. I will do my best to in the future lash out with name calling when someone asks me a simple question. you are quite the example thank you.

July 31, 2012 at 6:04 p.m.
conservative said...

After several articles regarding the wheel tax by the Free Press, the residents should be ginned up and vote against it.

I view this as an IQ test.

July 31, 2012 at 6:10 p.m.

I'm so amused at the obvious trolls with their obvious names. Sorry, but by picking that name, which we know you deliberately chose, you were saying who you were, and your protest is equally discrediting.

Maybe that should be the IQ test.

July 31, 2012 at 6:29 p.m.
BCVoter said...

Must not realize this is about Bradley County and every person on the board calls themself a conserative. Hate to let you in on a little fyi but the wheel tax is not Obama's fault.

July 31, 2012 at 9:37 p.m.
joneses said...


Screw you. You are nothing but a pathetic POS.

August 1, 2012 at 8:47 a.m.
conservative said...

Yesterday, the smart people of Georgia voted against the sales tax increase. The TFP poll on this tax is 81% against. I'm encouraged.

August 1, 2012 at 9:09 a.m.

Don't worry Buckofama, it isn't you HWNB hates, it's your freedom he hates. His gods are fascism and marxism. It's his religion that forces him to hate your freedom. Otherwise he is cuddly.

August 1, 2012 at 10:59 a.m.

I find it hillarious that HWNB is criticizing your name when he chose an equally polarizing name.

August 1, 2012 at 11:02 a.m.

I find it amusing that you're trying to play a false equivalency game combined with an outright fraud.

Keep doing that.

August 1, 2012 at 12:28 p.m.

I find it funny you think comparing two names is somehow unequal.

You took your name from the action taken by Obama to shove bulbs no one wanted on the public. BuckOfama took his name from the dim bulb who did it. Pretty equivalent in my opinion. Both are names were chosen as an expression of your separate opinions.

As always you criticize without supporting your criticism. Your turn.

August 1, 2012 at 4:33 p.m.

Action taken by Obama? In a law passed and signed by President Bush?

LOL. Keep misrepresenting the facts. That really does you credit. And actually lots of people want these bulbs, because they save them money, last longer and produce less pollution. The people who object to them? Are making up false excuses to justify their opposition. Which just goes to show how hollow it is. When you make your criticisms based on falsehoods and hysteria, you destroy it.

And then you purport that names are equal? My name represents personal satisfaction with a product. The name you are trying to defend uses a profanity to attack others.

Your attempt to make them equivalent is a petty and dishonest action that only shows your lack of integrity.

Thanks again. Your opposition continues to be validation.

August 1, 2012 at 4:46 p.m.

Ah yes, signed by Bush but enforced by Obama. If you think I liked Bush as a president, you would be wrong. While he was a better president than Obama, he was too far to the left for me. Obama didn't have to enforce the law as he so aptly demonstrated when he ordered the justice dept to ignore immigration law.

As I stated in my response, you both express your opinions with the names you chose. Your's just happens to be an opinion about bulbs while his is about a politician. Looks equal to me. And I am not defending his name, I am defending his right to choose it and correcting your lame attempt to discount his comments based upon the bias he used to choose it.

The falsehoods you are expressing above about your beloved bulbs are laughable. They don't last nearly as long as they claimed, they are more expensive to produce both in energy and labor and they contain a poison regulated by the EPA which requires special cleanup instructions when one is broken.

Now do you see? My criticism is no longer hollow for you. I filled it all in.

August 1, 2012 at 4:58 p.m.
joneses said...

President Bush implemented this new light bulb policy to appease the liberals. I wish Republicans would stop doing that as it always comes back to haunt them. A liberal has never tried to appease a Republican and has nothing but pure hatred for Republicans.

The truth about the light bulbs.

August 2, 2012 at 6:30 a.m.
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