It happened this week: a local school district thought it would get voters to approve of a one-cent sales tax increase to finance the public schools.
The good old boys did not know that a few local citizens had hired the Tea Party’s most successful anti-tax, anti-bond issue local organizer to come to town and design a campaign. He came. He saw. Voters conquered.
By two to one, with 30% of the eligible voters voting, the tax went down to defeat.
It took place in McLean County, Illinois.
“It’s pretty clear people do not want an increase in sales tax,” said Eric Prenzler, chairman of a committee opposing the referendum — the McLean County Citizens Acting for Responsible Education (CARE).
The local school board superintendent, sounding like someone who had been blindsided, spoke out. “We have to figure out what we could have done differently and then see if this is something we want to do again. It’s a concept that takes a lot of time to understand and, obviously, we didn’t do our part to get that conveyed.”
Let me explain this concept to him: Get out of our wallets!
It is always the same refrain after a defeat. “We just did not get our position clear to voters.”
“Of course, were disappointed,” added Lisa Myszka, chairwoman of the McLean County Sales Tax Referendum Committee, which supported the measure. “We understand no one is in favor of a tax, but if we had had the opportunity to speak to each voter and explain to them the benefit of a sales tax over a property tax, we think the results would have been very different. Unfortunately, the result is schools lose out again and once again education is not a priority.”
On the contrary, the voters fully understood their position. That’s why they voted no.
Had the measure passed, 11 school districts in the county would have split anticipated revenues totaling $950,000 annually. Now they will split nothing.
Nice try. Exploding cigar.
It can be done. He does it all the time.