It was made obvious by the levy vote that the only way to get a much needed tax break in Batavia is to elect members to the school board who have a serious intent to reduce taxes. If the $6 million is not necessary, as we contend, it can be removed from the yearly levy at a later date. While it may not be until 2017, when under the best circumstances a majority on the school board may be obtained, it can be done (though it would have been much better had it never been absorbed into the budget).
We have already begun recruitment for the next school board election in 2015. There will be 3 seats up for election. Ideal candidates should have competence in an area of value to the school board, e.g., accounting, business management, human resources, personnel management, or any field where tough decisions are made regularly to work within a tight budget, and who will not be dependent on the school district administration for decision making. Common sense, a stiff spine, and upright morals are essential. While candidates with impressive credentials better sway voters, we also welcome intelligent, passionate, discerning individuals who welcome a tough challenge.
Some of the folks involved in Lower the Levy would support good candidates with preparation, campaign help, and, if so desired, help lighten the load of sorting through documents once elected (many hands make light work).
Please contact Lower the Levy through the contact page if you are interested in being a candidate, or want to be involved in any way in this effort. The sooner, the better. Petitions to get a candidate on the ballot must be submitted in November 2014 (less than a year from now). Familiarizing oneself with how the board works should be started no later than Spring (preliminary budget meetings in May 2014 should be attended).