Thursday, June 11, 2015

What does Yesterdays School Budget Vote Mean?

Town of Lisbon
School Budget Validation Referendum
June 9, 2015
School Referendum Results
Ward 1
Ward 2
Total
QUESTION 1: Adopt Lisbon School Budget
Yes
130
178
308
No
380
410
790
Blanks
2
1
3
QUESTION 2:  If you voted No, was it because the budget is:
Too Low
321
338
659
Too High
53
67
120
Blanks
6
5
11
Ballots Cast:
512
589
1101
Registered Voters:
3155
3261
6416



 We have been lead to believe that the town is overwhelmingly against the budget that the Council sent to the voters. This assumption has been proven untrue.

42% of the voters said the proposed School budget was good or still too high.

58% of the voters said the proposed School budget was too low.

Given the fact that those for a higher school budget ran an active "get out the vote campaign" (which would increase their sides voter turnout ) and the opposing side did not, it would be reasonable to assume the town is close to being evenly split on the School Budget issue. 

This vote tends to vindicate the Councils decision to reduce the School's Budget Numbers. The vote shows the Council is reflecting the views of at least half of their constituents.

The rejection of this budget is going to cost the taxpayers of Lisbon at least $3,000 dollars for another election with no guarantee of any significant difference in the numbers. The real looser here is Lisbon's Taxpayers.

Its time for both sides to step back and take a look at the damage they are doing to this town. 

Respectfully
Joe Hill