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Hernando County schools should try these money-saving ideas

Some new ways for schools to save

I have a few suggestions on how to save money for the 2009-10 school year. Instead of eliminating jobs, why doesn't the School Board take a 2 to 3 percent pay cut? Or better yet, why doesn't their fearless leader?

Why can't Wayne Alexander take that pay cut, and while he is at it, give back his car allowance also? If he were to do that, maybe people really would believe he has Hernando County classrooms' and teachers' best interests at heart.

Another idea is letting the bus drivers take their buses home at night. You cannot begin to imagine the number of empty buses that pass my house every morning and night to get back to the bus compound. By letting them take them home, it will cut down on the cost of fuel and wear and tear on the buses. They used to be able to do this and it seemed to work out just fine.

Another fuel saver would be to have people take their own kids to the magnet schools if they have to go there. If they cannot do that, then the kids would have to go the school for which they are zoned.

Everyone knows that times are tough right now and every little bit helps. If these ideas were implemented, saving even one job, it would be well worth it.

K. Moore, Brooksville

Don't privatize public libraries

Privatizing libraries — what an unpopular suggestion by County Administrator David Hamilton. This is the first time I've disagreed with him.

The State Aid to Libraries program was designed to be an incentive to local governments to provide efficient, free public library services to its county residents. These incentives come in the form of monetary support from the state. It provides a 25 percent contribution to operating expenses, and other grants based upon requests from municipalities. Over the last four years, Hernando County has received almost $5.6 million in grants from the state for our library services. Hernando County was able to improve services and build a new library in Spring Hill because of this.

Here are some of the negatives related to this suggestion. Forty-one government employees could possibly lose their jobs or be asked to take pay cuts. If they are vested in the state pension plan, they lose the opportunity for full benefits at retirement. We are supposed to be reducing unemployment, not increasing it.

Grants are based on local municipal spending; the lower the spending, the lower the grant. Privatizing will reduce grants.

Profit-motivated services provide less service and charge more for less service.

Mr. Hamilton should take a look at a temporary adjustment to the operating hours of the library services before privatizing. I also suggest that closer review of other operating areas be looked at for more cost-cutting efficiencies. Possibly some of the stimulus money for education could be identified for the public library system.

The public library system is an extension of our educational system in Hernando County, and should not be put in the hands of profiteers. There is enough cutting by our state legislators going on in education without the county government adding more to it.

Vito J. Delgorio Sr., Spring Hill

If the GOP splits, that's just fine

I can't attend the party either. Gary Schraut, I feel your pain, but my pain is a different pain. I cannot afford to attend the Lincoln Day Dinner. As a responsible, true conservative Republican, I have other financial obligations such as taxes, mortgage, utilities, food — but most of all, family.

I think the true Republicans, such as Ana Trinque and Jim Adkins and many others, will understand. The reason I was accepted by the Republican Executive Committee was for who I am and what I stand for, not for what I have.

It is my personal opinion that if the Republican Party is split, so be it. I would like to see moderate Republicans and blue-dog Democrats form their own party — the Have Your Cake and Eat It Too Party.

I believe the true Republican Party is growing. Hernando County spoke last November both nationally and locally.

Russell Salzer, Brooksville

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Hernando County schools should try these money-saving ideas 03/23/09 [Last modified: Monday, March 23, 2009 5:48pm]
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