We look for the Meridian School Bond to fail at the polls Tuesday, but not for lack of trying.
Both sides sent mailings to school patrons–a fancy word for taxpayers–and both had reasons to vote their way. The GUARDIAN predicts the vote will actually become a referendum AGAINST growth rather than any judgement for or against teachers, administration, or taxpayers.
Pro forces caged the funding as “no tax RATE increase,” while downplaying the huge increase in VALUES which lead to increased tax bills any way you cut it.
Anti forces cobbled together a flyer making it look like the teachers were overpaid by about 30%, claiming they work 9 months and if figured on an ANNUAL BASIS that amounts to a lot more cash. They also included some names and salaries which will look high to anyone making less and low to those making more.
Both sides were less than forthright in their presentations and we figure voters will probably say, “wait a while on this one.”
It takes 66 and 2/3 per cent to pass, so that means 34% against can kill the bond.
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