It’s hard to argue with any of these reforms… but I’m sure liberals will fins a way.
I have advocated, and will continue to advocate, for reforms to provide greater transparency in the referendum process and to remove policies that incentivize overspending. Among these reforms are:
- requiring ballot questions to show the total actual cost of referendums with projected debt service
- requiring borrowed money to be spent on what is listed on the ballot
- making referendum costs non-shareable, so that one school district’s taxpayers do not subsidize another’s referendum
- requiring public bidding of school district projects
- and clarifying what communications are allowable information to voters and what is illegal electioneering with public money.
The size and importance of these expenditures demands no less from our public officials.