Ten years ago, we uncovered a scheme by the LMSD School Board to overtax the public in order to create surplus funds that were ultimately used to deny the citizens a vote on the two new High Schools, which cost $350M all in, the debt service for which the new Superintendent now admits sets our funding needs apart from comparable local school districts. The posts on this site, dating back from 2006 to 2009, chronicle these events and explain the loopholes in Act 34 and Act 1 that allowed this to happen.
Recently, a Montgomery County Common Pleas Judge ruled that the LMSD School Board did, in fact, break the law, systematically and continuously over the past ten years. To read the entire Judge's opinion, CLICK HERE
In reaching his conclusions, Judge Smyth states: "The District's tax increases in these circumstances violated the spirit, and in some cases the letter, of these laws." In issuing his order, Judge Smyth goes on to state that: "An injunction against this repeated practice of the Lower Merion School District is the only appropriate remedy to bring the illegal practice to a halt.
Please read the Judge's opinion and ask yourself, do the ends justify the means? These excessive fund reserves serve to take away your right to vote on large expenditures such as new schools and other facilities. The LMSD Business Manager testified that LMSD currently has "approximately $50,000,000 to $60,000,000 in the bank" (that was as close as he could estimate it!). They are already planting the seeds for capital expansion. What new will be built without you having the opportunity to vote on it? And how much more debt will that project saddle us with?