The advisory committee working on the SAD 9 budget is trying to reduce the tax burden for everyone.

Do you know that we pay the superintendent of SAD 9 over $100,000 a school year?

Do you know that we pay up to $12,000 for employees’ health insurance?

Do you know that we still pay health insurance for retired teachers?

This list goes on and on.

We want to help but in order to accomplish our goal we must have citizens attend meetings.

We want the students to have a good education, too, but money alone doesn’t make for good education.

Every day people are losing their jobs or being forced to work fewer hours, and the schools keep wanting more money.

The sad part of this is the taxpayers allow this to happen because they won’t take the time to find out what’s going on in the district’s budget!

David Hargreaves, New Vineyard