Note: I’m not happy that our schools are now facing being underfunded.
Well, the vote is in, and our local school system just found out it isn’t going to get a huge tax increase out of the local voters. A lot of people feel like it’s the end of the world:
(Note: our local school system is Franklin Township Community Schools, just southeast of Indianapolis)
If you want to know why the referendum didn’t pass, though, all you have to do is take off the blinders and see the two 800lb elephants in the room:
- Voters were not about to give up last year’s property tax cut that they had fought tooth and nail to get for as long as I’ve been old enough to care.
- There is a justice issue that needs to be addressed quickly: Schools in other areas of the state get nearly twice the funding from the State that Franklin Township does. The state funds Gary at about $8,600 per student and Franklin Township kids at $5,600. This isn’t a race issue. It’s a justice and fairness issue.
If you really care about the community, then the right thing is not to find the nearest active volcano and jump in. The right thing to do is to get organized and demand results from our County and State Government. Maybe it’s time for all of us to collectively take a 15 minute drive downtown and rattle the Mayor, the Governor and the Legislatures windows a little bit instead of trying to pick each other’s pockets.