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Jack McCourt says school district refused him a copy of budget



This news story was published on March 29, 2014.
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Jack McCourt says he was denied a copy of the school budget

Jack McCourt says he was denied a copy of the school budget

MASON CITY – A school district watchdog says he asked Mason City school district officials for a copy of the next budget and he was refused.

Jack McCourt says he asked for the budget this week and was told because a school district employee was sick he couldn’t have it and would have to come back some other day.

This same official, Ramona Jeffrey, was absent from work one day last year when a petition to force a vote on new school taxes was due.  McCourt had to come back three times that day to turn in his petition, finally catching Jeffery at work.

McCourt said Saturday morning that there are fewer and fewer students in Mason City, but the district needs more money.  He said that the two tax levies passed last year, but it’s not enough, and the district claims to be in financial trouble even with the ability to impose the new taxes.

“The school board has not changed, even with two new members.  They rolled over faster than a ten cent whore,” McCourt said.

“They need more money!  They are lucky the two levies passed.  One thousand people stayed home because they were sure it would fail.  Now, these two new taxes will never, ever go away, because the school district will say it can’t make it without it.

“Anita Micich wants to know what we want from the schools over the next 12 years,” McCourt continued, “and she wanted out of here last year.  What a joke!  She’ll take the first job she is offered, if anyone will take her.  Why bother telling her anything, she’s out of here.

“The elderly in this town own houses, they are on fixed incomes, and a lot of them are poor,” McCourt said. “How much more can Micich and the schools squeeze out of them?”

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18 Responses to Jack McCourt says school district refused him a copy of budget

  1. Eleven Reply Report comment

    April 3, 2014 at 7:23 am

    What you should all be asking Steve King is why does this country give Israel 35 billion dollars in aid every year. That is the Question that needs to be answered. It’s a joke that any of the citizens of this country have to pay for health care or an education. But we spend the money that should be used to take care of the people in this country and give it countries with the most heinous human rights abuse records.

  2. JBJ Reply Report comment

    March 29, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    do like i do and just get it from the state

    http://www.dom.state.ia.us/local/schools/budgetsfy14.html

  3. Ananymous Reply Report comment

    March 29, 2014 at 6:39 pm

    Like all government sector jobs their only solution for their failures is more money. Every time any attempt at useful legislation that could help our failed education system is brought up the teachers union goes up in arms. And as their obligation to their retirement funds outgrows their ability to take more revenue they will continue to raise taxes under the false claim of it’s for the children when really it’s just about greed. 17th in the world ranking now. Sad.

    • LVS Reply Report comment

      March 29, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      @Ananymous-very well said. At 17th now and falling further and further behind. Yet the demand more and more for substandard work. We have over 1700 less students now then we did and they still want more. Don’t give it to them. Run Anita out of town. And why they are at it do the same with the Jeffery broad that likes to play games with the public. She should be fired.

      • Anonymous Reply Report comment

        March 30, 2014 at 8:20 am

        You should sue the school district that issued you a diploma.

  4. Mojo Reply Report comment

    March 29, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Just a cranky old man who doesn’t understand or want the best for the next generation.

    • LVS Reply Report comment

      March 29, 2014 at 6:32 pm

      @Mojo- Bull,This has nothing to do with the next generation. It has to do with being taxed to death for substandard service. Pay your own way. We had to.

    • Matt Marquardt Reply Report comment

      March 29, 2014 at 6:58 pm

      I’m not sure that’s exactly true. Jack is on a fixed income. He sees less and less return for every dollar we throw at these schools. He’s speaking his opinion, and as a war veteran, he is certainly entitled to that. Why don’t you explain what is best for the next generation instead of insulting this man?

  5. LVS Reply Report comment

    March 29, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    In Illinois seniors can freeze their taxes at current levels when the schools pull this crap. That way only the people using the schools have to pay the price. We need something like that here in Iowa. Otherwise they will just keep raising the prices to subsidize the raises of the administration. Thank you Jack McCourt.

    • MC 83 Reply Report comment

      March 30, 2014 at 9:01 am

      So with that logic people with school age kids should be able to freeze their taxes so they do not have to pay for Social Security and Medicare for the elderly, correct?

  6. COMMONSENSE manly iowa Reply Report comment

    March 29, 2014 at 4:34 pm

    where can I get me one of them 10 cent whores

    • Tonsafun Reply Report comment

      March 29, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      jus come on out here to Gracious! i cn show ya 2-3 trailers where u cn get all ya want! haha! and i aint bs’in ya on this

      • 50 MILES SOUTH Reply Report comment

        March 29, 2014 at 9:09 pm

        plain English. what the efn address?

      • Pee Wee Reply Report comment

        March 30, 2014 at 6:05 am

        @ Tonsafun even if your ten cents a pound your still to high for my pay grade. Loose some weight lady.

        • LVS Reply Report comment

          March 30, 2014 at 8:11 am

          @PeeWee-I try to ignore comments like yours but, why do people on here continue to insult this lady? She has done nothing but offer her opinion and as far as I know she has attacked no one. How do you know she doesn’t have a medical condition causing her overweight condition. Did you ever hear of thyroid problems. Give her a break. Why be hurtful like that?

        • Joao do Carmo Reply Report comment

          March 30, 2014 at 3:41 pm

          “Loose some weight lady.”

          Why? Because you say so? She seems to be happy with the way and who she is.