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Another ‘Must Read’ Letter In The Jan. 31, 2013, Baysider, About The Alton Central $18 Million Plan (Again).

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Anura Guruge


Related post:
>> ACS Super. William Lander Estimates ‘$1 per $1,000’ …
>>Jan. 31, 2013.

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To Read Steve Miller’s Letter In ‘The Baysider’ — Jan. 21, 2013.
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Stephen Miller: The Lone ‘Voice of Reason’ … — Sept. 25, 2012.


Click to access 'The Baysider' article in the Jan. 31, 2013 issue.

Click to access ‘The Baysider’ article in the Jan. 31, 2013 issue.


I do not know this gentleman, or at least I think I don’t know him. I am very bad with names and faces. So he could be a parent that I chatted with, but never knew his name.

As with Steve Miller’s letter two weeks ago, I liked this letter. I liked it a lot. It hit a chord.

A few of the points mentioned have been discussed on this blog, relative to my post endorsing Steve Miller’s letter.

I am not sure if all of the points are accurate. I had thought that the infamous survey was conducted using grant money. If it was not, I would be distressed. As far as I know, there are ‘x’ kids in ACS right now, who are technically homeless, that ‘x’, as far as I remember, in the ‘6’ range. Plus there are over a dozen kids who are considered at risk for not getting a proper meal during the weekend. ACS packs backpacks for them with food. Sod a survey. If we have that kind of money to burn the board should be using it to feed these poor kids or get them housing.

The issue of the ‘one architect’ that I griped about comes up. I have an e-mail, from an interested party, that implies that the architect was paid — albeit, not the $750,000. Having just one firm, with so much to gain, bothers me. Mr. Daniels, as did I, mentions LOCAL experts. He also talks about cost per square feet. Yes, in the past, when I lived in Meredith and Gilford I explored adding extensions. Had binders of builders giving me estimates. I remember them always talking about $1xx per square foot. I had also heard that when I was buying property (and I have bought and sold quite a few) and especially when I was having them appraised. So, that had crossed my mind. Asking some of OUR parent builders what they would estimate per Square Foot. Some of them have built mansions. They would know.

My background is all in corporate. In the corporate world some of the words that we had to always contend with were: due diligence, full disclosure, conflict of interest. Well, as the comments have loved to point out I am not an expert in this matter — and do not plan to be. I don’t keep a dog and bark myself. I totally trust people like Steve Miller and I know that he, also with a solid corporate background, knows his stuff.

Alton Central School Superintendent, William Lander Estimates That Proposed $18.6 Million Request For School Renovations Will Cost Taxpayers $1 per $1,000 Assessed Value.

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Anura Guruge


Related post:
>> To Read Steve Miller’s Letter In ‘The Baysider’ — Jan. 21, 2013.
>>
Stephen Miller: The Lone ‘Voice of Reason’ … — Sept. 25, 2012.


Lander1per1000The Alton Central School (ACS) proposed funding, in light of this Saturday’s Deliberative Session, appeared in the Thursday, January 31, 2013, ‘The Laconia Daily Sun‘, as a front page story. Since there had been some discussion on this blog on this thorny issue, I was somewhat familiar with what was being said. This statement from Mr. Lander caught my eye and attention.

He said it would be: ‘less than $1 per $1,000‘. Less than is a BIG phrase in this context. How much less? A couple of cents, 25 cents, 50 cents or was he being cute and saying that it would be just around $1 per $1,000. Mr. Lander, as he should be, is no doubt a man of means and rich. I am glad for him. For me, $1 per $1,000 is not chump change, though we own one of the more modest houses in Alton.

I know it is not a requirement, but I was curious whether Mr. Lander owns property in Alton. I couldn’t find any, but I might not have looked properly. Plus, he doesn’t have to even live in Alton.

Per the database I don’t own any property either because the property ownership does not end with my last name. So, while I was on the database I checked on who else on the Board has real skin in the game. I, having been to his place, knew that Mr. Miller had a big stake. $1 per $1,000 adds up for Mr. Miller. So, I am glad that Steve is really taking a stand on this.

Yes, I know that there are many that don’t pay taxes. But, if you do pay Alton property taxes you may want to refresh your memory that the tax rate went up 4% last year.

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