Support our most precious commodity

Lynn M. Hitchens
former member Milford School Board

On May 5th, the citizens of Milford School District are being asked to vote on a referendum that would allow a new high school to be built. Passing this referendum is vitally important. The Milford Middle School, which served our district well, has been closed, and the State of Delaware has said no more money can or will be spent on renovations. The only option available to avoid crushing overcrowding is to build a new high school and allow the student population to be restructured among the other schools in the District.

Building a new high school will require an increase in property taxes. I have heard people say, “I’m not voting for any new taxes.” I understand this sentiment, believe me, I do. When you look at what the State and Federal government does with our tax money, it would make little or no sense to vote for an increase. It is almost as if we feel that we need to send a message to our government that we are sick of wasteful spending, and a “No” vote on the only tax we are allowed to vote on sends that message, but there is a problem with that train of thought because the government neither listens nor cares, and this vote is not about the State or Federal government, it’s about our community.

So why vote yes? Because we know where the money is going; it is going to stay right here in Milford. It is going to benefit our most precious commodity, our children. We have an extraordinary group of dedicated, professional teachers and staff, and they deserve the very best environment we can provide to complete their most important task, educating our children and preparing them for the future. We must provide them and our children with the tools and the optimism they need to move forward.

I urge the citizens of the Milford School District to vote YES on May 5th. Please don’t allow what the government does with your tax money to impact your decision on this referendum. This is the only tax expenditure that you have a say in, and it directly affects your community and our children.

After all, they are all ours.

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