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We can’t afford it!

Published: Monday, March 18, 2013 2:44 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, March 18, 2013 2:45 p.m. CDT

This is a response to Rita Peterson’s Hall Referendum “Cart before the Horse.”

I agree with Rita Peterson that the Hall Township voters are being asked to put the cart before the horse. There are fewer students going to Hall than 50 years ago.

I share Ms. Peterson’s opinion that Spring Valley needs to focus on bringing in new industry and businesses. There has been virtually no development in Spring Valley for many, many years with one exception, the Walmart Distribution Center. We need business and industrial development, such as what Peru and Ottawa have, before we should even consider spending $32 million on a new school!

Spring Valley is fast becoming a community of senior citizens living on fixed incomes. Wages for younger families are not going up. Exactly where do the members of the Hall Board think people are going to find the money for increased real estate taxes for the next 30 years? Increasing real estate taxes in a community with very few amenities and no job opportunities will certainly not be an incentive for families to move to Spring Valley. Fewer young families would mean even fewer students attending Hall High School.

I graduated from Hall High School. A quality education does not consist of the brick and mortar of the building but rather skilled, dedicated teaching staff. Hall Township voters need to vote no to a new school at this time. Ms. Peterson is right ... we cannot afford a new school!

Jean Babcock

Spring Valley

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