Saturday, November 7, 2015

Lisbon's Money Problems Not Over--- by Joe Hill

The election is over, the ballots have been counted and the will of the people is known. We have three new faces on the Council filled with fresh ideas for Lisbon's future. Its time for Lisbon to heal its wounds and come together for the good of all.

The first thing we need to do is put the School Budget behind us.

Two groups in Lisbon have been battling over this budget for months and have torn this town apart. One group wants more money for the school and the other doesn't want to spend more on the School. The recent vote showed us that the majority of Lisbon voters want either  the "Council Approved budget" (the Yes Vote) or they want to spend even less on the School. ("to high vote) I hope the "no to low group" gets the message voters sent and capitulates to the will of the majority. (1084 votes to 901 votes.)

The voters also replaced  two incumbent Councilors that voted on the School Budget.  One supported more money for the School and one supported cutting the Schools money. I think this message is also clear. 

The second thing we should do is ask ourselves why Lisbon School System costs four times as much as private schools in Lisbon that arguably give students a better education? We owe it to our kids to give them the best education we can afford even if that education comes from other sources.

When faced with a tough problem we have been taught to "look outside the box". Most people give this phrase lip service but never actually change their problem solving strategy. Lets really look at new solutions instead of trying to rework the old system that doesn't work.

If we don't find ways to reduce Lisbon's School costs we will be having another "battle royale" next year.

The people have spoken. (1084 to 901 votes)


Respectfully

Joe Hill