Now that pundits, critics, and proponents have had a day to digest the results of the Tuesday election, it is time for the GUARDIAN slant.
The DAILY PAPER’s Joe Estrella did a piece on the Meridian school levy election claiming voters “torpedoed” the tax hike. Did voters perhaps “decline to grant a request to raise taxes $18.5 million?”
The Daily quoted Elizabeth Fredericksen, director of graduate studies in the department of public policy at Boise State University, saying she was “stunned” by the “angry, resentful wave of opposition” to the levy.
Or did voters politely turn out for an election that was set at a uniform date instead of coinciding with a parent-teacher event set by the school? It was the biggest turnout in recent memory, hence a more representative sampling over the issue of MONEY, not education.
In Nampa the politicos just can’t take “NO” for an answer. For the third time voters have declined to create an auditorium district. If it ever passed, they sure as heck wouldn’t allow three elections to dissolve a district.
In Pocatello the IDAHO STATE JOURNAL complained the uniform election law “just boosts election costs.” Heck, if we did away with elections it would really be cheap and people wouldn’t be burdened with making decisions.
The editorial concludes that somehow the uniform election process, “impairs flexibility of school districts seeking supplemental levies…” While the turn out in parts of Ada County was so great they had to print extra ballots, but in one district in Pocatello garnered a mere 1% voter participation, according to the ISJ.
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