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Taxpayer Funded United Way Endorses School Bond

By Elisha Dorfsmith

For years I have been complaining about the hundreds of thousands of tax dollars the City of Flagstaff gives to the general fund of the United Way of Northern Arizona. The City insists that we must offer up this money because United Way provides core services that the City cannot provide. I guess one of those “core services” is supporting unnecessary school bonds.

The Flagstaff Unified School District Bond informational pamphlet contains the following quote from Kerry Blume, President & CEO of United Way of Northern Arizona:

“United Way of Northern Arizona (UWNA) believes education is a cornerstone of individual and community success. The benefits of education are fundamental to our community’s long-term prosperity and will provide our children with higher earning potential as adults.

Flagstaff Unified School District currently needs your support with a bond election on November 6, 2012. By voting Yes you will help ensure FUSD has the books, technology, facilities and support it needs to make sure each student is successful.

The UWNA Board of Directors is strongly committed to sustaining and improving the quality of education in our region. We urge you to vote YES on the Flagstaff Unified School District Bond.”

I find it unacceptable that a private charity that gets $300,000 a year from the City of Flagstaff publicly takes positions on ballot questions.

It’s time to stop sending our tax dollars to United Way!!!


  1. Rob
    October 22, 2012 at 9:23 am

    Couldn’t agree more. They can do one or the other, NOT both! They are spending our tax dollars to endorse taking more of our dollars via a school bond. It’s just wrong!

  2. cal
    October 23, 2012 at 10:40 am

    I haven’t like unit way since the study showed that a very small % of funds serve the stated beneficiaries. Now I can see that gov’t is the same. No wonder they like (incest) each other.

  3. October 27, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    I hate the fact that they give money that is not theirs to give. I make plenty of donations, but the city just taking my money to redistribute it is plain wrong. It’s robbery, I pay for city services that is it.

  1. February 1, 2013 at 11:11 am

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