The school district's special vote to allow the purchase of land is coming up. I think the paper has done a pretty good job of laying out the reasons why they want to spend this money in this way right now, but from the letters and what people are telling me, either people aren't understanding or they really just don't agree.
From what I understand, this land purchase would be made with money the district already has, but can't use -- it's a reserved fund balance. The first question on the ballot will be to take care of the accounting, and allow the money to be used on real estate. The second actually gives them the green light to do it.
The board believes that this is the best way to give the community what it wants. More land will allow the district to consolidate by adding buildings there, replacing the decrepit middle school. That addresses the safety concerns of that old building, or at least opens the door to doing so, and it does it with money that can't be used to save teaching jobs or programs.
I think this is about communication more than anything else. I don't think this is a case of the board overreaching, but they are definitely hellbent to go through with this despite the strong negative reaction provided in their survey. Yes, a lot of land will come off the tax rolls. Down the line, maybe that prime middle school property will be put back on.
What do you think the tax consequences will be in the short and long runs? If you're voting, would you be willing to share your reasons for your vote?