Wednesday, March 09, 2005

School Bond Referendum

Delanco passed a school construction referendum last night, 483-344. The Burlington County Times has the full story here. (Minor update: with absentees, the total was 508-354)

This is the way taxation should work. The board appealed to the voters to fund this project four times before it finally passed. Our government should not have the option of raising taxes by a simple majority vote within the government, whether it's the school board, county freeholders, or state legislature. Like the Delanco board, they should have to work hard to convince individual voters that a new major expense is both necessary and affordable. As I pointed out here, the board did that hard work, and earned the approval of the township taxpayers.

Pay attention, Trenton. This small town is setting an example you should follow.