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Usable items discarded at schools

Posted: June 2, 2013 - 12:03am

Editor:

On May 24, I went to Evans Elementary school to dump my newspapers for recycling and to attend a memorial balloon release in the gardens.

When I arrived there was a U-Haul truck pulled up to a disposal container with several people emptying the contents and putting the contents into the U-Haul. Upon further investigation, we learned that one of the people was getting stuff for the daycare she owned. For instance, when questioned how much the table she was hauling off would cost, she indicated that new it would be around $400-500. Instead she got all of this stuff at my and other taxpayer’s expense for free.

Dumping lots of “stuff” (some useless but some very useful) was probably happening at other Columbia County schools also.

My concern is if this woman could use the items, others could also. The items should have been put in the gym/auditorium of each school for sale, with proceeds to help pay for playgrounds and other amenities at the new Bel Air Elementary or the planned new Martinez Elementary – or they could have been sold as a “lot” to someone.

Or, if they were to be given or thrown away, the obvious recipients should have been local non-profit organizations who give back to our community while struggling daily to make ends meet.

This is another typical situation of wasteful government employees spending my money (or throwing it away)!

Someone needs to learn how to spend taxpayers money as though it was their own – or be held liable.

Diana Morris

Evans

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