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The Longview School District has found a way to cut approximately $1 million in spending from their budget to cover the pay raises they agreed to give their teachers and staff. The district hasn't said where the cuts will come from. I guess much cost cutting will come by the district doing less maintenance on their buildings. For years, the district has been cutting corners on maintenance and upgrades which results in the board needing to go to us taxpayers with very large bond issues to tear down existing schools and replace them with new schools.

As a long-term real estate owner and property management adviser, I know failing to maintain real estate is a very expensive alternative to taking care of buildings as you use them. Staff gets a great pay raise, and we taxpayers get hit hard.

Bill Hallanger


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