Elections have consequences

November 30, 2009 at 3:59 am 3 comments

We have heard the phrase “elections have consequences” often lately and through some astute sleuthing by the folks over at 281 Exposed we learn again that they certainly do. They recently posted a newspaper announcement dated November 26, 2009 that District 281 Robbinsdale will be going out for another tax levy for building renovations. The total estimated project cost of these facilities is $6,550,609.

Here we go again folks; it appears that our elected officials at all levels are functionally incapable of budgeting to available resources and living within that budget.

  • Didn’t we just pass a referendum last year that was supposed to fund District operations for the next 10 years?
  • Didn’t we just agree to closure of three schools and major realignment of boundaries within the District to save money and reduce operating costs?
  • Weren’t we assured that closed buildings would be sold or leased expeditiously with funds acquired through such actions being made available for District operations?
  • What happened?

Elections do, indeed, have consequences and we, the taxpayer, will again pay the price for not being engaged, informed voters. We returned the status quo to District leadership because we failed to turn out at the polls.

On November 3 2009 at 7:30 am there were 62,074 registered voters in District 281. The top vote getter in the District School Board race won with 2,743 votes or 4.4% of the total of registered voters, and the taxpayer lost again. We have the ability to change situations like this by becoming informed voters who learn everything they can about the issues, work to support candidates who will represent our interests and most importantly registering to vote and showing up at the polls on Election Day as is our fundamental right under the Constitution of our State and our Nation. When we fail to any one of these things, we have no one but ourselves to blame. The question is how do we fix the situation now.


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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Numbers Guy  |  December 2, 2009 at 5:50 pm

    I agree that elections do matter and have consequences. It would appear that a crisis is needed to get people out to vote in odd year non-state or federal election years. This plays into the hands of the current “status-quo”.

    I strongly suggest that taxpayers come to the next couple of RAS Board meetings and let your board members hear from you directly. The next meeting on Dec. 7th starts with the “Truth in Taxation” meeting, which a great time to tell the Board how you feel and ask questions of them. Dec. 14th is a working session with one of the subjects the school buildings in NE and the use of the current excess buildings. Please plan to attend both of these important RAS Board meetings. Tell other RAS taxpayers of these meetings so there is a FULL HOUSE.

  • 2. Lori Hubin  |  December 2, 2009 at 10:35 pm

    Disgust – the major feeling upon seeing this. When should we ever believe this board? They got the last bond passed and said that was all they needed and a year later are back at the trough, rooting for more taxpayer dollars (ie. yours and mine). Have these people any idea of what it’s like these days, with layoffs and job losses? Every time we hear “it’s only an additional $2xx per year” – but that’s on top of the last “only $2xx” plus higher taxes, plus income loss – it has got to stop. Sell a couple of buildings to get the funds first and THEN build. That’s what the rest of us have to do.

  • 3. give2attain  |  December 2, 2009 at 11:36 pm

    This is a capital levy that is used yearly. The capital raised is used to maintain or improve the existing school buildings. Its high was above $8 million a few years back and it has been declining since.

    This will not result in a “tax increase” because it is included in the $53 million amount that is being held constant from last year. Also it will be used for typical maintenance and improvements across most of the school buildings, so it will not resolve the Northport/Lakeview problem. That is still under review.

    On the other hand, if the money was not needed. The $53 million could have been reduced… Its a bummer having old buildings…

    RAS will post the details of the $53 million as part of the Dec 7th, 7 PM Truth in Taxation meeting information. For your ref, here is a link to the mtg docts.
    Mtg Docts


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