Keep the cap to guarantee real local control
Since 1993, state law has capped the amount school boards can tax. If they want more money, they have to ask taxpayers for it.
“It’s never been a popular policy with school boards, as it puts them in the uncomfortable position of having to formally ask residents for a property tax increase if they want to go above the cap,” the piece declares.
Yes. Asking taxpayers for their money should be as uncomfortable as possible. When it comes to spending other people’s money, the tendency is to spend more.
Instead of school board officials deciding to raise taxes at meetings hardly anyone attends, they have to ask for it. That’s called “direct democracy.”
Because the state will never propose voluntary contributions, it’s the best deal taxpayers can get.
Since the beginning of January 2008, voters have approved 114 referenda for project debt while turning down 91 others.
But those who vote against a referendum are still obligated to pay higher taxes.
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