The school levy failed because too many individuals wanted to believe the lie that school officials and trustees are conniving and secretive -- rather than use common sense to realize that the school district got caught by rapidly escalating construction costs after the last successful levy for a new Lakes Middle School. In hind sight, the trustees should have conducted a community forum to address the problem and a proposed solution (use the money to finish other building projects). The vote against the $31.1M capital facilities levy yesterday simply means that it's going to cost even more in the future to reconstruct Lakes Middle School and build other elementary schools. Even the late tax activist Ron Rankin realized that pay-as-you-go plant facilities levies were the way to go because taxpayers don't foot the bill for additional interest. Tuesday's vote was a misinformed one that is only going to bite us in the future when a bigger bill comes due. Unless, of course, this community has officially returned to the head-in-the-sand days of the 1980s when the school district couldn't build anything and had to resort to double shifting at the high school.
D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.