SEARCH BLOG: TAXES
Tea Parties... Tax Day....
Tax frustration reaches its zenith today. People recognize the necessity of taxes for the operation of the government and funding programs for the common good. People also recognize the waste so often associated with the spending of tax revenues... money taken from individuals and businesses and spent irresponsibly.
In Michigan, where the unemployment rate is 12% or so, frustration continues to mount with taxes and politicians who use the "yes, but" argument... "yes, but this program is so important..." when they want to justify continued high spending rates when the sources of that funding are under duress. In Detroit, where the unemployment rate is approaching 1 in 4 and the high school dropout rate is approaching triple digits, the waste in the public school system has been shocking... facing a deficit of over $300 million. True, there is a new financial manager who is trying to get the situation under control, but what an uphill battle. The school system is a resource grinder that dissipates the energy used as waste heat and very little product.
I ran across this site called EZ Paper Trail that might make sense for the Detroit Public Schools.
Ostensibly, it is promoting savings through elimination of paper and printing, but a closer examination reveals much more. In a big school system like Detroit's, stuff disappears. In Detroit's system, money is often spent without approval... hence, massive unbudgeted deficits. A system like this one would seem to offer any school system administrative control and instant auditing of its spending.
EZPaperTrail is an easy to use web application that helps you send requests for purchases, substitute teachers, IT Help, and more among the staff at your school.
Simple forms and detailed reporting help you track requests and inventory at your schools. Because we host everything, all you need is a browser, an Internet connection and you can start using it right away.
Apparently, this system has been used with some pretty spectacular savings in a charter school system and may be adopted by quite a few others pretty soon. Whether or not it could survive the endemic mismanagement of the DPS would have to be tested... but given the free-for-all administrative history of the DPS, this system might help bring order to chaos.
Michigan taxpayers might like to see that since many state tax dollars get funneled to "aid" Detroit.