Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
At a special meeting Wednesday night, the Franklin School Board voted to place three separate referendum questions on the November ballot asking for a total of $48.8 million in school improvements.
By the way, I love the outstanding public notice school officials provided to the taxpaying community about that meeting. Not that it would have mattered because who the hell cares about a July 11 school board meeting. There is that whole notion and minor detail known as transparency, though.
The district website says “The Board approved placing one question on the ballot for each of the three highest facilities project priorities, as identified by a recent community-wide survey.” It needs to be pointed out that the survey did not include options like “None of the above,” or “Do nothing at all.”
The amount of bonding these hold-up artists is asking for is astounding:
Let’s put that in some sort of perspective. The $48.8 million is 150% the amount of the preliminary 2012-13 school budget levy request from the district of $32,522,104.
If this were a burger, we’d be talking…
Shame on the board members who voted for this nonsense that will only divide the community.
I know enough about these "I want" referenda that they are the wrong questions at the wrong time.
It will be a pleasure to join with many other beleaguered