By Susan Hartley
June 11, 2014
To the Editor:
Promises are important. When our leaders make them and keep them, they can instill trust in the constituents who are served. Does that mean that a promise, once made, should never be revisited?
When our community voted the funds for three new school buildings, the board of education vowed to keep one of the existing buildings as an office. It sounded fiscally responsible at the time. When that promise was made, did the citizens of Piqua know:
How much it would cost to maintain and renovate a school for offices?
How much it would cost for abatement and demolition if done at a later date?
How much bus storage would cost elsewhere?
That a downtown building would be offered as a donation with additional funds for renovation?
That incentive deals would be offered at the current location?
The location of the board office needs to be a decision that has input from the whole community. The costs and advantages/disadvantages need to be made available to the public and studied.
There was another promise made to the voters in Piqua, and that was to use our tax dollars in the best way possible for Piqua City Schools. That promise should take precedence over any other, and it should lead to a thorough review of the options available.