I am writing in response to letters to the editor from Mr. Jack Kozec and Mr. Roger Clark in the March 7, 2013 edition of the Carriage Towne News. The issue of concern in the letters is the assertion that the Sanborn Regional School Board was somehow deceptive or secretive because they “chose” not to put the tax impact statements on the Warrant.
The reason the impact statements were not put on the warrant is very simple: It may be illegal to do so! We had been advised by legal counsel that since the District did not have a warrant article presented to the voters to allow the tax impact statements on the warrant, they could not be included. A letter from the Attorney General’s office and the advice from our legal counsel led the board to the conclusion that to put the tax impact statements on the warrant would be irresponsible and could lead to a challenge of the voting results. The district is simply following the law.
The assertion that the School District was attempting to “hide” something is simply absurd. The fact of the matter is that in the very same issue, on the very same page that your letters appeared, the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Blake outlined the estimated tax impact for each warrant article in his Sanborn Connection article. The Sanborn Regional School District is not attempting to “hide” anything. We are simply following the law.
Nancy Ross, Chair
Sanborn Regional School District Board