From the active discussion on the last post about Naperville School District 203's upcoming bond issue referendum, it became clear that a lot of people have different reasons about how they'll vote on the February tax-increase question. What's your's?
For starters, there are those who look upon an $82 a year increase for 20 years as a relatively good deal to get practically a brand new Naperville Central High School, an expanded Mill Street Elementary School and an early childhood center. Then there are those who feel strongly that the overcollection of taxes from the 2002 referendum will influence their vote this time around. A third major thread of the discussion concerns the April school board election, and how the teachers' union financed a slate of candidates it felt would be friendly to their interests, without openly disclosing its involvement.
So, in an effort to get the 203 discussion back on the home page, here's the question: What's really more important, 203's need for facilities, or sending a message to the board that you're unhappy with high taxes and the way things are going in the district? Remember the ground rules: be courteous, and no personal attacks. These are real people taking part in the discussion. Let's continue this excellent, informative dialogue about the issues.