Levies come in several flavors. There are temporary, permanent, emergency, and renewal just to name a few. I would agree that, years ago, folks were more willing to pass some of these but,where I live (Columbus, Oh), it seems that the public school system continues to deteriorate on the results side. There is nothing wrong with the facilites, programs, supplies or technology but the kids just aren't learning. It seems the money just gets spent on a more expensive toilet to flush down the money from the next levy. I won't offer my opinions about what's wrong with the schools because, IMO, the first thing a school needs to succeed is children who are ready and eager to learn. The schools cannot make this happen so it's the GIGO principle at work. It's been well established that past levies didn't help so why would voters want to keep trying to "fix" something with tools they know don't work?
Do you think at the polls for school issues is more about education or more and more of infrastructure?
Not about salaries, but items like busses, technology, stadiums and the like. Not about teachers, building upkeep, and books as I see it and keeping the status quo. One interest won't yeild to anothers and so on and so on.
Some counties in Ohio have repeatly offered new levies be put to the ballot and repeatly get shot down or if passed are very close. Yeah these are tied to property vales and such, but the burden is becoming too much for older citizens and/or seen as a tiresome burden even if the need of students is great. In other words a breaking point is being reached or already has in some school districts. Open to the floor... -----Willy