By Steve Ackerman
On March 11th, the voters of Kuna voted on whether to continue the supplemental levy. One of four school taxes we currently pay. They decided, 52% to 48%, not to continue the supplemental levy. To say the least, this caused a bit of a ruckus, culminating in an “emergency meeting” of the school board where some 300 people called for another election less than two weeks after the people voted.
Tossing aside the will of the people because those who lost don’t get their way brings bigger problems. Does this mean that every time a small minority is unhappy with the results of an election, they can just force another one? What if the levy fails again in May; will they force another election in August, November? What if the levy passes, can those of us who want to see spending prioritized on learning then have another election? Where does it end?
Emotions run high when it comes to education; and for good reason. But emotions should not be a license to throw out the democratic process. Instead, this is a time to work together to figure out how to prioritize more spending to learning. We need to think anew on what we fund and how we fund education in Kuna. We need to support teachers and students the learning materials and supplies they need to improve the academic outcomes of our kids. Instead of disrespecting the voters (who are also taxpayers) of Kuna, we should present to them new ideas to give them confidence their dollars are well spent.
Picking up one’s marbles and going home is no way to show respect. Listening to the will of the people and working together to make changes is showing respect.