Special Letter To Farwell School District Taxpayers

January 24, 2019

Dear Editor:

Many thanks to the Clare County Review for printing articles in the past two editions covering Farwell Board of Education meetings dealing with the newly proposed bonding issue which will require more taxpayer millage for a 25 year extended period of pay back. It logically is a controversial proposal coming right out of the blocks.

Also, many thanks for printing the very comprehensive letter written by Mr. Dan Dysinger, a former school board member. Dan details his many concerns attendant to the bonding issue and provides experienced guidance for you taxpayers to consider in the board proposal.

I am not a resident in the Farwell School District and , thus, not facing the tax consequences of this issue if it were to be passed.

My concern with this matter stems from years of experience watching how school districts try to control voter turnout for these bonding issues by scheduling the voting day early in May when there are still “snow bird voters” out of the area and are not here to vote. History tells them that these are traditionally not “yes voters” for tax increases. These issues should never be scheduled for a voting date any earlier than August, when the maximum number of concerned voters are in the area and have the opportunity to exercise their franchise to vote. A “dodge the snowbirds election date” has no transparency or credibility.

The facilitator in charge of managing this referendum vote has played the traditional game of “dodging the snow bird voters” by waiting until after Jan. 1st for them to depart for the winter season before any official announcement was promulgated to the taxpayers about an upcoming referendum vote. In the voting plan absentee ballots are never encouraged for away eligible voters. Extra advertising re the special election in May to encourage a maximum voter turnout will not be part of the plan. A low voter turnout will be the goal because that can be better managed to achieve the goal of passing the millage.

This special election date should be shifted to August 6 vice May 7.

Make this recommendation to the Board of Education as soon as possible.

Allen E. Demarest
Concerned Clare County Taxpayer

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