by Clayton Moore
The ECT wanted to know.
So some ECT contributors went to the first EC Public School Board meeting – after the landmark November 1st election where ballot issue 3B was voted on – and defeated.
The ECT folks had one simple question for your elected Public School Board…”what did you learn from the election in reference to YOUR 3B ballot issue – that failed?”
The ECT will show you.
FACT: Last summer 2011 – your elected Public School board voted to spend taxpayer money – to pay for a telephone “poll” to determine the (likelihood?) of a property tax increase, should it be put on your November 2011 Ballot. The results of their poll (paid for by you) where NO! for any new Eagle County Tax increases (Click Here). 60% of the folks polled didn’t want it.
FACT: Your elected School Board obviously ignored their own poll data (and the professional advise of the polling company Hill Research Associates – Texas) and decided to go ahead with their own Public School Ballot issue that was known as 3B.
FACT: The results of the 3B election were – No/5014 Yes/4175 or 54% vs. 46%
FACT: YTD Eagle County families are dealing with home foreclosure rates of 534 (YTD – 1JAN2011) this annual home foreclosure rate is now in it’s 3rd year. Eagle County Job loss is and has been the #1 driver of this home foreclosure rate.
FACT: The explicit Ballot language (Click Here) of 3B DIDN’T SAY (where/what) the permanent property tax increase money was specifically going to be used for. Teacher Salaries? In classroom expenses? Voters had no clue based on the Ballot language that was approved (statutory requirement) by your elected School Board.
4 of your 7 elected School Board members did reply in writing in reference to the ECT’s question. Thank you for replying Carrie, Kate, Jeanne and Ross.
Here is what your elected School Board had to say about their defeat on Ballot issue 3B. Just CLICK on the graphic to enlarge it.
Elected ECSD board member Ross Morgan:
Mr. Morgan is the School Boards representative from (Gypsum)…based on a Zip Code analysis Gypsum is one of hardest hit parts of Eagle County – when it comes to home foreclosure. What does this say about Mr. Morgan’s listening skills and over all ‘community awareness? Not to mention Mr. Morgan’s willingness to ignore his own Polling data.
Elected ECSD board (President) Jeanne McQueeney: ECT’s question from above “what did you learn from the election in reference to YOUR 3B ballot issue – that failed?”
Ms. McQueeney – that wasn’t the ECT’s question. Was the ECT’s question “too complicated”?
Elected ECSD board member Kate Cocchiarella:
Ms. Cocchiarella: What “disappoints” the ECT folks is our wasted Taxpayer dollars on a Poll – that our Elected School board, later chose to ignore. This makes the ECT folks “dissatisfied” with our elected School Board at all levels.
Elected ECSD board member Carrie Benway:
Ms. Benway – When the ECT published the Taxpayers (ECSD Employee Payroll) – folks were OUTRAGED at the salaries of some top School Administrators. The salaries are far, far in excess of the average private sector salary in Eagle County today. Asking the average voter to vote to hand over more of their hard earned Private Sector income in favor of more money for (overpaid?) School Administrators – didn’t work very well, now did it?
What the ECT learned…
1 – Your average elected School Board member’s “sense of awareness” as to what is going on in our Community is abysmal. i.e. gee, won’t families currently in home foreclosure – vote for a property tax increase?
2 – No elected School Board member thought it was necessary to apologize to Eagle County Taxpayers for WASTING Taxpayer money on POLLS, polls whose data was conveniently later ignored!
3 – The listen skills of your School Board members are abysmal. This point rammed home by ECSD Board President Jeanne McQueeney – who chose to answer a question – the ECT folks – didn’t even ask!
4 – Your elected School Board obviously didn’t think there was “anything wrong” with their 3B Ballot language. Not telling voters specifically what their tax increase money was going to be used for? No problem – in their minds – none of them took the time to even mention that fact!
5 – Your average ECSD Board member obviously believes – they must be something wrong with you the Voter/Taxpayer. There couldn’t possibly be anything wrong with our School District Board, could there?
Lest you think the ECT folks take things out of context – (Click Here) to read a complete copy of the School Boards letter to some ECT contributors.