Tonight the Milwaukee Public Schools board is going to vote in favor of increasing city property taxes 14.6% for the school portion. That is the largest portion of the property tax bill, so overall taxpayers will see a sharp increase in their bills.
In the game of “where does our money go,” I think these numbers are very important. I wonder if other school districts waste money as well as Milwaukee Public Schools?
For the 2007-2008 school year, MPS reports the following:
Of course no one is surprised by this. Milwaukee Public Schools, one of the worst and most wasteful school districts in the United States will have a decline in enrollment, but has proposed an increased budget. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that enrollment will decline next school year by 4.7%.
Yet the budget for MPS is growing slightly. The paper reports that as a “flat” budget compared to the prior year, but the working is clear that it is an increase.
Why is the budget growing when the enrollment is decreasing by almost 5%? The enrollment in MPS has been steadily declining… so much that the enrollment figures are expected to be 20% lower than they were just 10 years ago. Yet year after year, the district’s budget just grows and grows.
What private sector business would stay afloat if it kept losing customers in large numbers, but continued to increase spending? None. Government entities live in a fantasy world because they know they have the ability to dip into the pockets of taxpayers at will. There is absolutely no incentive for MPS to control costs, and to date, no one has held the district accountable for its wasteful spending.