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A sigh of relief

February 28, 2013 - Linda Lobeck
It was nice talking to both the Iron Mountain Schools Supt. Tom Jayne and Dickinson County Sheriff Scott Celello on Wednesday morning following the special election for the school bond proposal and 911 millage.

Both men, I'm sure, gave a sigh of relief that these issues passed the second time around after being voted down in previous elections.

After listening to both officials talk about the future, it sounds very positive and these funds will go a long way in making necessary improvements for the residents of Dickinson County and the students and staff at Iron Mountain Public Schools.

No one wants to pay more taxes, but unfortunately we are living in tough times where the money just isn't there for schools and vital services like 911.

It's never fun to talk to people after an election when proposals are voted down. But it is sure nice to be able to talk about the good things to come after voters have passed millages and bond issues.

I know the importance of a 911 service to both the residents in the county plus the law enforcement agencies that rely on it for dispatching after hours. Everyone had dealt with cutbacks in personnel and if we are going to continue with this service, it must be updated.

At the school district where both of my sons graduated, there is a sense of pride in knowing that future students will be able to keep up with the technological advances and they won't have to worry that one day the heating system may go down. We are living in the U.P., so that's a pretty vital need in order to educate children.

Buildings, like our homes, have a certain timeframe in which they need to be repaired. And with the constant use of school buildings, it's something that can't wait for another time. Unfortunately, there is no rainy day fund somewhere to cover these necessities.

I believe these are necessary improvements for both the school district and 911 program to continue to provide services to our community into the future.


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