As a former Dixon School Board member, I have concerns about statements made by two current board members in the June 30 Telegraph article, “Land in sight; School board zeroes in on 73-acre land purchase.” This article states the possibility of the board purchasing 73.3 acres of land.
Mr. Brad Sibley stated, “I don’t think the voters said anything about us buying property at the referendum.”
I disagree. Please refer to an article in the Telegraph on Sept. 30, 2016, “You have questions about the Dixon High School referendum; we have answers.”
In this article, it stated that included in the cost was a $1.5 million allowance to buy a new site, which they also stated in this article was about 100 acres.
To be fair to all of the voters, I feel an advisory referendum should be put on a ballot before ANY purchase of land is made. An advisory referendum is a non-binding referendum to gauge voter opinion. This would allow the board to proceed according to the wishes of the public.
Mr. Scott Johnson added that the space would not be big enough for athletic fields and a new school. If this is truly correct, why would the board even consider purchasing the ground? After all, wouldn’t the board want enough acreage for future accommodations of both a new school and athletic fields?
I was always taught that a bargain is a bargain only if you need it and it truly meets your needs. Otherwise, you are only spending money foolishly.
Finally, kudos to Linda Wegner for representing the voters so well! With the state going on the third year with no budget, I feel that it would be fiscally irresponsible to use money from the working cash fund for such an unnecessary expenditure at this time.