Defeat means no to taxesPublished 9:48am Friday, April 5, 2013 Updated 11:50am Friday, April 5, 2013
The second defeat of the outdoor facilities bond vote within a six month period will hopefully get the message across to the District 544 School Board and Administration that “no” does mean “no.”
If that message has not yet been received, then I sincerely hope that School District 544 voters will see fit to make the needed changes as school board members and adminstrator terms expire.
I am surprised, but pleased, that the voters again turned down the proposal. There may be merit in some of the argument in support (like the bleachers), but viewed overall, I felt “management” was trying to jerk my chain.
The initial presentation of the proposal by Superintendent Ness claiming that a yes vote would not raise property taxes struck me as a slight of hand, lame rationale to vote yes.
Sort of like, you, the taxpayer have already been paying more than this on the expiring bond, now just vote yes, keep on paying and you won’t even notice it. Hey, we’re saving you money.
Another argument presented in favor of a yes vote was to consolidate the athletic facilities to make them more accessible to the students participating in those athletics. That is,less physical effort needed to get to them.
I found this to be a rather specious argument given that I have always assumed that athletics and school “physical education” programs have as their basic intent, providing exercise for physical well-being in support of education endeavor.
The economic argument did not carry the day for me either. If the economic benefits cited in favor of bond approval really had validity, I’d expect that the business community would have readily offered financial support up front to compliment the resources requested from the voters’ pocketbooks to realize the attainment of the proposed facilities modifications.
I saw no information concerning this support nor did I see any compelling supportive information based on studies that would lead me to buy in to that argument. Such information would have helped alter my views and vote.
The timing of the vote as a special election when many voters may not be present in the community came across as another attempted manipulative slight of hand.
I strongly support the furtherance of education and measures that advance it. An underground watering system and resources to expand what I view as unnecessary facilities have minimal positive impact on improving the education our youth deserve.
Let’s put our resources in to improvement of the education they receive.