I am thoroughly frustrated. For the third time in a row our district voted down a much needed school levy last night. The only reason I can see is pure greed and perhaps a lack of understanding on the part of some.
Some background. Our district has not asked for a levy in 14 years. The schools are well managed and rated Excellent by the state. The highest rating possible. We spend less per child than any other district in the area and have 90% of graduates go to college. Not bad for a semi rural public school. The problem is that costs have gone up significantly while revenues to support those costs have not. The teachers even agreed to a three year wage freeze. The people on the local forum are going nuts.
Most are claiming poverty even though their shopping bills just went down significantly with the opening of walmart, probably twice what they would need to afford the levy. The objectors object to walmart too. What gets me is this. They really think that costs don't go up and programs should not be cut and somewhow it is the board's , State's and Government's fault that an increase is needed. As I said, there is no identifiable waste. The books are open and the finest toothed of combs already used. How do we respond to this?
I even know parents who voted no because they were angry about the reduction in service. Ego got in the way of the facts here. Some were angry a special election was called, but it had to be done before May because the teachers need by contract to get layoff notices by April.
Is it ok for the elderly to destroy our children's future? I'd opt for private school, but there are none in our area. The sad part is, that people who want to leave won't be able to. The property values are going to plummet. Is this a silver lining?
Here is my thought. The ignorant might not vote yes, but they can be bought out. The levy only failed by 200 votes. Real estate speculators jump in here too. This is a Lakefront community. About 5 miles of beachfront in what was since the turn of the 20th century prime vacation cottage property. If you were the elite of Cleveland, you had a summer cottage here until about the 1970s when a mass exodus left those cottages converted into lower middle income homes. Many are 1920s or so construction. My thought is, buy them out, bulldoze and put in new larger homes. Lets say 60% of yesterday's value is offered. I think many would take it. Sell the new resort living homes for a mint to people who can afford it and run the poor folks out. If you can't beat them, buy them. Is this a viable plan? Where would I get investors? I already have a realty company online.