Note: This article has been updated. Thanks to a reader (Ed) who pointed our chart original chart was incorrect.
The wise book states that you can tell where a person’s heart is by seeing where their treasure is also. Below is a chart to help you understand who exactly is supporting the Citizens for Klamath Schools PAC.
So much for the Citizens for Klamath Schools PAC’s claim that this a “local” issue, as their top two contributors are from outside the county. One also has to wonder how many of the personal contributors are connected to the "fruits" of the bond measure passing. In other words, how many of those contributing will directly benefit in some fashion (financially or see work place improvements). Everyone pays on a twenty year bond so a few can benefit. That doesn't seem fair now does it?
Another interesting note is League of Women Voters and the Democrat Party fully endorse this bond measure. If you are a fiscal conservative, or a conservative in any fashion, these two liberal tax and spend groups supporting something must give you pause if you were planning on doing likewise.
Finally, why now? Why the bond measure now? Henly Elementary was taken down in 2006. Why wait until 2013 for a bond measure and 2016 until the school is rebuilt? An entire "generation" of elementary students have "suffered" in the "shacks" provided by the Klamath School District. That doesn't seem very compassionate does it? The main reason is because there are no competing ballot measures that increase taxes this election cycle. Remember your tax bill is the total of ALL special taxing districts, not just one. But the Schools PAC has been smart to wait until they would be the only thing you would think about. We suggest you think bigger, think smarter. This will be just the first of many more tax proposals in the next couple of years (public safety, park's district, airport district, and perhaps even another school bond measure if this one goes so well). We pay the total tax bill, not just one this time and one next time, yet that is how these measures are presented to us.
Vote No on 18-91
Tell Klamath Schools they have enough money. They should first fix their own internal funding problems before asking for more from us.