Benton County voters came out nearly 2-1 against the stupid Kids! measure (a county income tax of 1.25% to raise funding for local schools). Though I don’t mind funding schools, I do mind poorly written measures that create a seven-year “temporary” cash flow with no specific, clearly-stated purpose. Controlled by the whim of two county commissioners, who could legally increase the tax or funnel the funds elsewhere. Given to a school district that creates a yearly budget that’s so incomprehensible it can only be interpreted by the people who make it. The year after we gave the district some 80 million dollars for building renovations.

I thought for sure that thing was going to pass, after seeing Kids! posters growing in damn near every lawn in town.


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