By Victor Bonneville, Retiree, Former AHS Teacher, and Parent/Grandparent of Multiple AHS Graduates
No one wants to pay more in taxes. But Attleboro voters will hopefully say “yes” to an
increase in our taxes when we vote for a new high school. Like death, taxes are a certainty.
But there are two types of taxes, a good tax and a bad tax. Voting for this increase in taxes
now is an example of a good tax. Here’s why:
FIRST: Our Federal Income Taxes and Corporate Taxes are going down, which will help make
paying higher local taxes more manageable.
SECOND: Voting “yes” will allow us to have a new Attleboro High School for half the price
since the state has earmarked funds to pay for approximately half the cost! Doesn’t everyone
like a deal? Isn’t paying half the cost, and accepting the $126 million being offered, a good
THIRD: Given the fact that prices will increase over time (perhaps 2-3% per year), the longer
we wait, the more it will cost to finally complete this long overdue project. And oh yes, since
the current building is in need of substantial repairs, the cost of maintaining the building in a
usable condition will continue to grow. It’s like an old car or truck. Age takes its toll, and
after a while, one thing after another needs fixing.
FOURTH: Anew AHS will make recruiting new teachers easier. Given a choice of working in a
new school or one pushing sixty years, which would you choose?
FIVE: A new building will really make Blue Pride proud. Students will know that the city
cares about providing the very best learning facility for their education. Pride of place will
blossom in staff and student body and bloom into an environment where learning can flourish.
SIX: Families move into and stay in communities with good schools. While it takes more
(much more, really) than new buildings to provide a good education, school buildings are a
visible sign that the city cares about education and is willing to do what needs to be done to
provide quality education to its students.
SEVEN: Families don’t move into or stay in communities which do not vote to fund their
school systems. Word gets around: Such and such a city can’t or won’t adequately fund its
schools. Such places find themselves being left behind in educating their students, and their
students are often unprepared to successfully compete in a rapidly changing world.
EIGHT: We need to trust our educational leaders, from the Superintendent, and the School
Committee, to our elected officials, and the entire community of people who have worked to
plan for a new high school. The vision of the Attleboro Public Schools is “to be the center of a
community united around education,” and that must be our vision as well.
NINE: Voters decide what governments do. If you think about all the things governments do,
isn’t educating the next generation of citizens the most important?
It’s time to invest our money in Attleboro’s future by voting YES.