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Cha-Ching: CMS Flim-Flam Works Again

Ah yes. The inevitable end to the oh-so-broke shuffle. What’s so funny is that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools does this every year and gets away with it. They claim they are up a creek financially, to the tune of tens of millions of dollars, in a bid to get the county to raise taxes and fork the loot over to them. Then when they get their money — or not – they later conveniently discover they were never actually broke to begin with.

This year they claimed they were probably $100 million in the hole and would have to fire up to 1,500 people and sacrifice special education programs for poor children. So the county raised taxes and handed them $26 million extra, way less than they said they needed to avoid the “cuts.” Now it turns out they will not only keep those programs, but they have enough left over dough to hire 500 new employees. In other words, they were never really broke, so we didn’t actually need that tax increase. Don’t assume this discovery will lead to the cancellation of the tax increase. It doesn’t work that way.

CMS has used this flim-flam to amass a bureaucracy so large that it is now one of the top five employers in the region, in the same size league with Bank of America and Wells Fargo.

CMS did this the year before, too, claiming the school system had massive budget shortfalls and would need shovels full of money or children would suffer, only to end up not only not broke, but with a budget $10 million larger than the year before. In other words, CMS leaders lie.

The Charlotte Observer, meanwhile, dedicates dozens of articles to convincing the community that CMS is broke, and usually about one to the shocking discovery that not only is the school system not broke, it actually is rolling in so much dough it can hire another 500 employees.

Look for the whole cycle to begin again in January, when CMS leaders make the alarming discovery that they are broke …

 

12 Responses to “Cha-Ching: CMS Flim-Flam Works Again”

  • Jul
    27
    2011

    Welcome Tara! Excellent post.

  • Jul
    27
    2011

    When I heard Jeff was leaving for greener pastures, I was worried about what would happen to The Meck Deck.

    I’m not worried anymore.

    Welcome aboard, Tara! I look forward to seeing you continue to shine a bright light in the eyes of the corruptocracy around here.

  • Jul
    27
    2011

    Tara,

    I’m glad you have a new forum to blog on. Looking forward to hearing from you

  • Jul
    27
    2011

    Jeff left?

    Welcome Tara, of course, but I missed where Jeff was leaving.

  • Jul
    27
    2011

    July 31st is wheels up for me, Pi.

  • Jul
    28
    2011

    WBT who? And of course, the Charlib Nonobservant runs more cover for them again today.

  • Jul
    28
    2011

    Well we won’t have to worry that the Uptown CCCP shenanigans will be left in the Dark with Jeff’s departure now that Tara is aboard.

  • Jul
    28
    2011

    And CMS explains dropping performance scores on “budget cuts”!!!

    At best, or worst, dropping performance scores might be because of misallocation of funds, but not budget cuts….dj

  • Jul
    28
    2011

    No its due to budget cuts. they had to drop the teachers they hired to take the tests for the students. You know we have to have a World Class Education system like Atlanta.

  • Jul
    28
    2011

    Talking about CMS lies and scandels. CMS just give away the closed schools to for-profit companies and special interest groups including a Masonic lodge, a real estate development company and an art studio?.. that have little no community impact. only few went to private schools and All have ties to CMS executives.like Mr. Raibles’ wife who wants millions of dollars worth of public assets for her art collection.
    This is corruption pure and simple and the community should not stand for that squandering public properties that were paid for with tax dollars to special interest that does not serve the community.
    It will be shame on all of us if we let them go through with it…
    thanks,

  • Jul
    28
    2011

    The Aristocracy of Pull as one philosopher put it.

  • Jul
    28
    2011

    This is SO COOL! Been worrying what I am going to with my daily MeckDeck fix. On top of WBT screwing things up. What a relief.

    Jeff, still gonna miss your unique style.

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