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School levies: An opportunity missed?

Post by David Seago on Nov. 7, 2007 at 5:56 pm |
November 7, 2007 5:56 pm

Did the constitutional amendment that would have let school levies pass with simple majorities go down Tuesday because its backers got greedy?

HJR 4204 could have been tempered in the Legislature by restricting levy votes to the general election or by requiring them to win 55 percent of the ballots intstead of 50 percent-plus-one.

The K-12 establishment would have none of it. It scented victory in November. How could a simple majority measure not win a simple majority?

But the amendment wound up entangled in a mini-tax revolt. Now school districts remain saddled with that old, unfair 60-percent supermajority requirement.

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