DON'T FORGET TO CHECK UPDATES ON THE "ANNOUNCEMENT PAGE".
ROSE TREE MEDIA TAXPAYERS UNITED
If you are as concerned about this situation as we are, we welcome you to join our group and share your ideas, thoughts and information. We will NOT share any personal information you provide to us with ANYONE.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE, JOIN TODAY
APPALLING BEHAVIOR BY RTMSD MEMBER-Liz Schneider
In case you haven't visited the RTM Strong website, there is a new video from last night's video. The abuse given to Agnes Silverman while she was trying to ask a simple question about the status of Wigo's supposed shortened contract was unbelievable.
Also, a new experiment was tried by the RTMStrong group, using an app called Periscope which is free and available to all smart phones -- you can sign up with your phone number, select RTM Strong as the group you want to follow, and then tune in for live broadcast.
COMMITTED TO RESTORING FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY AND TRANSPARENCY TO THE ROSE TREE MEDIA SCHOOL DISTRICT
The RTM School Board has now basically run out of funds and is now in a serious situation. They have burned through their "contingency reserve", which they have tapped into over years past, to minimize tax increases. They are now faced with a grave situation as to how to cover their 2017-2018 budget. With a proposed tax increase 0f 3.5%, they still face a $7.2 million shortfall. In response, they have developed a "citizen committee" to make recommendations as to how to solve THEIR problem. The committee makeup is heavily weighted towards folks who "have a dog in the fight", i.e. teachers, parents, alumni, etc. The committee is desperately short of demographic representation of the 70% of taxpayers who do not utilize the school system. They will be holding a series of public forums to gather information on how to solve this problem. The bulk of the budget, about 70+%, goes towards salaries and benefits but the school District has made it clear that due to existing contracts, these items "are off the table". Without touching these items, it will be very difficult to solve this problem by pairing down the balance of the budget without sacrificing the students needs. The alternate solution is a "one time" tax increase of 7%, which require approval via referendum. In addition, without discussing future budgets and how to solve the outer problems, this exercise could prove futile and amount to "kicking the can down the road".
See the ATTCHED ANNOUNCEMENT FOR DETAILS ON THE FORUMS.
OCTOBER 17, 2016
HB 76 - PROPERTY TAX INDEPENDENCE ACT
HAS BEEN INTRODUCED IN THE HOUSE OF REPESENTATIVES
SEE ANNOUNCEMENT PAGE
CONTACT YOUR REPRESENTATIVE AND ASK IF THEY CO-SPONSORED
Rep Chris Quinn Has NOT CO-SPONSORED
The RTMTU is a non-partisan group of concerned taxpayers, committed to restoring fiscal responsibility and transparency in the governance of the Rose Tree Media School District. We feel the current governance, if left unchecked, will result in ever increasing property taxes with no commensurate increase in resources directed at the education of the children attending the schools. Our focus is on increasing fiscal responsibility, greater transparency of the school board of directors and a more effective dedication of available resources to the classroom. To accomplish this, we will work towards electing board members who are sensitive to the historic escalation of the budget and the effect on taxpayers; to increase awareness of the boards activities by encouraging increased attendance at board meetings and the broadcast of those meetings on public access channels; and, become a force for influencing state office holders to support legislation that helps achieve our stated mission.
ARMAGEDDON IS UPON US
A "special" legislative meeting was held last night by RTMSD Board along with the regularly scheduled committee meeting. It was decided that the increase in school taxes would be at the State allowed Act 1 limit, 2.4%. That is not the surprise. The HORROR is that, due to the mismanagement of funding by the Board, i.e. prioritizing the restoration of the ballfields, etc., the "Fund Balance", which the Board has been tapping into to keep the tax increases within limits over the past few years, has just about dried up.
SO, STAY TUNED NEXT YEAR FOR A MASSIVE TAX INCREASE !
In the words of President O'Donnell, it is going to be an "UGLY" situation.