Item: Coeur d'Alene School District to go back on pledge to reduce dependence on property taxes/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press
Christa Hazel: The interesting thing about this levy is that it is a Maintenance and Operations
Levy instead of a levy for improvements or new buildings/programs. A failed
M&O really will impact our schools. This first looks like poor
planning -- barely two months ago voters approved a new facility/program that
raised our taxes. The unforeseen global economic downturn didn't just happen
since August. On the other had, an M&O Levy's failure means teachers
layoffs, less instructional time, less activities, etc. So maybe it is
strategic planning on the District's part to have a Chicken Little type campaign
for the larger amount in a March levy.
Question: Is it a good idea to break a promise re: property taxes in the current Fire Engine Red Kootenai County political environment?