FARMINGTON — Candidates for three open seats on the Davis School Board are speaking out about federal funding, property tax increases and school lunches.
Davis County residents in Precincts 1, 2 and 4 will be choosing between incumbents and challengers in some cases, and between entirely new faces in other cases in the non-partisan races.
“When I kept seeing my property tax bill go up and up, I decided it was time for me to stop complaining about it and time for me to run,” said Paul Prier, who is running against Kathie Bone for the Precinct 4 seat.
Peter Cannon was elected to the board two years ago.
“It may be that the citizens have just had enough and are just coming out to take the issue upon themselves,” he said. “If people were to realize that my vote plus the three others that I think would oppose raising property taxes would give a majority on the school board and that (raising taxes) could be put to a stop,” said Cannon, who was alone in voting against last year’s property tax increase.
Besides Prier, Sandra Mountcastle in Precinct 1 and Larry Smith in Precinct 2, who are running against incumbents, have expressed anti-tax sentiments.
Mountcastle said there are ways to do more with less and
still improve education.
“I would like to see the school board not raise taxes,” she said. “The economy is such that we have all lost money on our investments.
In defending past tax increases, incumbent Barbara Smith said the district had to cut $75 million while adding 1,100 students last year and 800 more this year.
For more information check out the Oct.4 edition of Davis Clipper.