Tally of email response: 125-to-5 to Lower the Levy

The emails that had been sent to the Batavia School Board regarding the levy were requested through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). Before the board cast their vote unanimously to tax the maximum amount without relief for the taxpayer, the volume of email received by the board members, for and against, was noted. However, no numbers were given. After eliminating repeat, follow-up, and multiple emails, the tally was: 125 requests that the school board adopt a lower levy and lower our property taxes, and 5 emails urging them to keep the maximum levy. 125 to 5, or 25 to 1 in favor of lowering the levy.

When the school board approved the $13 million athletic fields redevelopment plan, they made a big deal of the comments received in favor of the plan, as reported in the Batavia Patch (7/24/13). What kind of response did they get then? A 42 – 8 or 37 – 7 vote (depending on your source of info) in favor of the athletic fields. Yet when 2-3 times as many people take the time to send their comments to the school board, there is no mention of the numbers. With the athletic fields, 84% of a small sampling sided with the board, making it newsworthy. But when over 96% of a significantly larger crowd disagreed with the board, their numbers were silenced and the people ignored.

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3 Responses to Tally of email response: 125-to-5 to Lower the Levy

  1. Dan Donohue says:

    Unbelievable! I’ll keep my sign up all year.

    Dan

    On Sat, Jan 4, 2014 at 6:15 PM, Lower the Levy

  2. Dan Donohue says:

    Does this make any sense?

    • lowerthelevy says:

      Does what make sense? The board vote? No. Keeping the sign up? Yes, sort of, if you want to remind passers-by of the school board’s decision, so they won’t forget when it’s time to vote for new school board members next year. You can even paint or duct tape something on it (over the top line), like “We won’t forget”.

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