Voters are reluctant to pass school levies

January 27th, 2020 by Ken

For the first time in several years, I’m starting to feel a backlash on funding our local schools.  I don’t have a “spidey sense” but in talking with many people, I’m beginning to get the feeling that passing local school levies this time around won’t be a slam dunk.

The schools and their organized supporters will pull out a victory at the polls this time around, they almost always do, but it won’t be over-whelming, just enough to get the funding measures passed.

Some of those questioning the school levies thought that the state had “fully-funded basic education.”  Yet, they ask me, where is the levy money going?  If it isn’t going for basic education, then why are we being asked to pay extra for it?

Some thought the state had done away with, or lowered the amount of money school districts can ask for.  Yet the amount of money property owners are be asked to spend for schools continues to increase.

There are many questions floating around in the school-sphere, but very little answers.

School districts are lucky that it only requires a bare 50 percent plus one to pass levies.  The same doesn’t hold true for bonds.  A 60 percent threshold will be hard to overcome.

Our community supports good education.  But they continue to ask me “When is it enough?”

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