Something from the Journal-Sentinel on out of state interlopers brought in to sway the referendum vote:
Hmm. So, we have an out-of-state group that jumped into a local issue and decided not to bother following the law? They have friends in the district, though, including our good friend Owen Robinson, over at Boots and Sabers. I know Owen is a big supporter of Americans for Prosperity -- although how you can vote against the single biggest booster of economic prosperity in a globalized economy (improving the educational infrastructure) and still claim to be in favor of prosperity, doesn't make any damn sense to me.
By DON BEHM
Posted: Nov. 2, 2007
West Bend - A national group advocating limits on new taxes and government spending jumped in on a local school building referendum election Friday, just four days before voters go to the polls.Americans for Prosperity, which maintains a state office in Milwaukee and has offices in other states, sponsored computer-generated telephone calls that began blanketing homes in the West Bend School District on Friday afternoon, according to local residents.
Several members of a local referendum support group have asked the Washington County district attorney's office to investigate the telephone campaign as a possible violation of state election laws. State laws generally require groups to register with municipal or school district clerks before campaigning on a ballot issue. [my italics]
School District officials confirmed Friday that no individual or organization had registered to campaign in opposition to the school building referendum.
Here's the latest update on this from the local pro-school group, ItsTimeforSchools.org
“Americans for Prosperity” Phone Messages
If anyone received an automated TAXPAYER ALERT call – this is an outside group headquartered in
Texaswith an office in . They are attempting to sway the election. It is likely NOT a coincidence that they started this on the Friday afternoon before the vote next week. Our DA, Todd Martens, has agreed to investigate if this is an illegal activity over the weekend. This group is not registered as an action committee. Milwaukee
There are three major misleading parts to the message:
- The use of OUR in the message from a group outside the community to seem like they are local. "for each child added to our district since the last time they hiked our taxes"
- The use of the immeasurable "since the last time they hiked our taxes". What was the last time? The last referendum? The last time a building was built? The last time the general tax amount was raised? It is impossible to know.
- To accurately measure cost per student, it would be necessary to determine the number of students that were educated in the buildings over 60 years and then divide that by the referendum amount. 60 Years is given as the average life of a school building in the
. In US we get more life out of the buildings, our average is 84 years. West Bend
If you got the above mentioned call, please write a letter and fax it to the DA (262-335-4739). This group may not be playing by the rules that we have been following very closely. If you don't have fax, please bring it to Sara Fleischman's home (
1142 Kinross Ct.) this weekend. It will be dropped off Monday at 8am.
It sure seems like a lot of people from outside of our district don't want us to decide how to spend our own money on our future. I wonder why that is?