Tonight is the budget meeting for School District 271, the largest mouth on the list of hungry taxing entities, which, thanks to your anger focused at Mr. McDowell, you probably missed at the bottom of your assessment.
The meeting is at 5:00 PM (awkward, eh?) at the Midtown Center Meeting Room, 1505 N. 5th St. There are many items on the agenda, including the budget.
As of yesterday, they do not have a budget ready for public review. I tried phoning them just now and "all lines are busy."
Folks, the trustees have a duty to present the budget to us tonight. This is their deadline. They may try to pull a fast one and sail through the meeting without presenting a budget to the public. They can get away with this when no one from the public shows up to the meeting. SO SHOW UP!
If a budget still isn't available tonight, we (the public) can demand a second meeting that allows for ample time to examine the budget and provide meaningful input. If, however, the trustees plow ahead and submit a budget the public has not seen, our only recourse is to vote the trustees out of office. Should this happen, I will provide a list for y'all tomorrow of who to vote out. In fact, if the public is angry enough over this, we can start a recall election process tomorrow.
The school budget is a complex one. It's not my job to understand it, which is why I elect people to represent me, the trustees. If they are more willing to represent staff and not the taxpayer, then they should be replaced. Help me to help keep your taxes under control by attending the meeting tonight!