Great Falls voters rejected a $1-million school levy on Tuesday, and you’d think that we are turning children out on to the streets in order to eke out some sort of Dickensian living in tattered rags.
Well, maybe not quite that harsh, but there are plenty of folks who seem to think that voting against the levies means that Great Falls is against education, against children, against the future, etc. Here are some examples:
Jack wrote: “Businesses looking for places to relocate will now see that Great Falls does not support their children.”
A commenter over at KRTV said: “It is really unfortunate that voters consider education a burden rather than an investment in the future. We will lose jobs and some very good teachers,some of whom have invested a lot in this community’s children, in order to have a couple of extra lattes or an extra pack of cigarettes.”
Over at the Tribune, some more criticism from a commenter: “Ignorant GF a – holes. Your anti everything attitudes are exactly the reason GF is becoming the state laughing stock. You are and embarrassment to the community- it’s no wonder we can’t attract new business, we cut the legs out of existing business, and cannot attract ANY young people back to or into the community.”
OK, let’s get back to reality: the Great Falls Public School district still has a estimated annual operating budget of $100-million dollars. That’s $100,000,000. The levies represented 1% of that amount, and as noted by the group Citizens Against Higher Taxes: “Could you cut 1% from your budget without saying the sky is falling?”