By DON HAMILTON
On March 16th a few of Melba’s voters, by an almost fourteen percent margin, passed a $300,000 supplemental school bond. This levy was said to be needed because Melba’s current $200,000 levy expires this year. It is also claimed that there has been an almost ten percent increase of new students this term.
Prior to the election, Mr. Norm Hogg, the school district business manager, released his calculations for the new levy His figures for the proposed levy showed a rate of $4.76 per $1000 of assessed property value. The current $200,000 levy is assessed at a rate of $5.41 per $1000. Why not vote for this great measure? After all, according to a prominent PUBLIC EMPLOYEE, the new levy would CUT our property taxes!
Apparently Mr. Hogg’s initial guess was wrong. He was not then prepared to publicize a realistic levy rate. On 28 Mar, almost two weeks AFTER the new levy passed a new WAG was released. The new rate can’t really be determined and set until next fall. . . “After the September property values are known.” According to Hogg, the real rate “may be” $5.81 (or more.)
It seems that levy bond voters, at least my wife and I, received an after the act post card thanking us for participating in this pig in a poke exercise. “Sure, we can afford a “Thank you” card on your dime AFTER we have misled you but we can’t afford to notify you of a pending election. Such extravagances are too expensive for us to notify you about a pending vote but after we have sold you that sick pig, we can at least say thanks.”
Does this PsyOps victory remind anyone else of the blitzkrieg of speculation, half truths and blatant propaganda currently bombarding us for a local “Community College?”
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