Sports facility caused problems

To the editor: 

The headline in the Sauk Centre Herald on Nov. 13, 2013, read, “Despite levy, debt hangs over Dist. 743”. So I must ask, what is the biggest reason for so much debt? The statement in the audit says, “When factoring the outdoor facilities project, the overall expenditure increased from $12.585 million in 2012 to $13.38 million in 2013” This means there is a $795,000 increase in annual expenditures, mostly from the sports facility upgrade. The sports facility upgrade presented in 2012 was projected to cost $2.16 million with funds coming from a capital facility bond ($900,000), the sale of the Central Learning building ($365,000), deferred maintenance fund ($170,000), current operating budget ($450,000), Sports boosters and other fund-raising ($170,500), outside sponsorships ($49,000), and maintenance dollars from 2011-12 and 2012-13 school years ($60,000).

So, some questions come to mind. Why did we spend so much on a sports facility upgrade? Why are the taxpayers of 743 responsible for the debt and foolish spending of hard earned tax dollars? Who is responsible for this reckless spending which leads to an uncertain future of our school and students? I believe that the statement posted in the Sauk Centre Herald, Jan. 12, 2012 page 1, from Superintendent Dan Brooks, says it all, “The bottom line is that this project will not cost the local property taxpayers any additional dollars.”

Tom Miller, West Union