I’m not surprised that Prop. 204 and the Scottsdale school district’s request for yet another override failed to pass. Temporary taxes have a habit of becoming permanent once the receivers of the money get spoiled by it.
Scottsdale’s school enrollment has been declining for at least 5 years but every couple of years they ask for another override and usually get it. I’m wondering if instead there is some waste happening that could be avoided to save a buck.
This year Scottsdale learned the hard way that its citizens are saying “Enough is enough” as they voted down the privilege of increasing their property taxes by about $25. Cave Creek acted in a similar manner earlier this year with a “no” vote on their override. The voters are getting their point across.
I’m not against education. My wife and I are both college graduates but it looks like the school district needs to look harder at their situation and consider some belt tightening.
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Bio: Jim McAllister has been a Plugged-In Scottsdale blogger, an Arizona Republic Sunday Plugged-In contributor, and a Scottsdale Republic columnist since 2005. He has also written for the Sonoran News and did a weekly column from 2004-2006 for the Scottsdale/Paradise Valley Independent. In 2004 he wrote a 7 part series on The History of Television for TV TOME (now TV.Com). A veteran of the U. S. Air Force, he has done hosting and commercial work in radio and TV and currently does a blog at jmcallister.blogspot.com.