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.