When you don’t vote, your taxes will go up

You can’t give much credit to the Harrisburg School District or the media for making this election known. I believe I saw ONE story a few weeks ago about the election. It had a 4% voter turnout. That is pathetic. I think it is time that local elections require at least a 20% voter turnout to be legitimate. 769 voters basically went to the polls yesterday and raised the taxes on over 23K voters (and thousands more non-voting residents). I am puzzled how we can allow 769 people to decide to take out a $30 million dollar bond.

I do believe the school is needed, no arguments there, but this looks more like a county fair straw poll than an actual election.



11 comments ↓

#1 Fear & Loathing in Sioux Falls on 09.28.22 at 10:09 am

Our democracy is dying. Some will still blame it all on Elvis’s gyrations, but I blame mostly Paris Hilton, the Kardashians, and Netflix, and in that order….. Oh, and now we have the Chick-fil-A drive thru to deal with as well.

#2 "Woodstock" on 09.28.22 at 10:15 am

“What about Dr. Oz and Dr. Phil?”…. “They’re full of a bunch of baloney too”…. “If you ask me”…. “Heck, why doesn’t Dr. Phil run for the Senate?”… “He might as well”… “I would love to see him on the Senate floor accusing a fellow colleague of co-dependency or something like that”….

#CoDependencyIsTheNewSocialism

#3 Mike Lee Zitterich on 09.28.22 at 2:14 pm

Scott, while I agree with you, 4% turn out is kind of sad. However, remember, we cant force people to vote, but we also do NOT force any new law or act on the people either.

Remember, Article 6, Section 1 – NO LAW can go into effect without the “Consent of the Governed”. The new tax cannot go into effect for at least 30 days. Up to then, they are within the Judicial Review Period –

Now, any of those non-voting citizens have the right to file a grievance, legal challenge, or petition to refer the vote back to the voters for a 2nd Opinion.

Those same people can also ‘bring forth’ petition for the legislature or school district commission to discuss the matter publically to reverse the result citing legal concerns.

People must be aware of the fact, we have processes in place to withstand the popular vote of the voters, let alone our governing bodies.

#4 Further Fear & Loathing on 09.28.22 at 2:35 pm

The other day I was near Chick-fil-A at about 2:30 in the afternoon and there was no one in their drive thru. I found that to be a good sign. Perhaps, we can finally lower the mental health alert for our city and now divert all of our attentions to Hurricane Ian.

#IMissTheAmberJohnnyTrial

#5 Helplessness on 09.28.22 at 3:26 pm

I blame media. Everything slanted to the left, things not reported cause they don’t fit their narrative. President using his pen to hand out billions, causing even more inflation. At least here at home, our Governor got rid of tax on food. Thank God we live in a red state!

#6 Helplessness-huh? on 09.28.22 at 4:40 pm

You blame the media for what? There is no left/right slant to a bond issue. Yes the vote number was low, but honestly unless it is a hot button issue that people want to vote against, most people don’t bother to go vote on these random elections. It does help it was held on a Tuesday during work hours at a school. Would be better to be held where you didn’t have to find parking at an overcrowded school over your lunch break or squeeze in before polls closed at night. Maybe have more than one issue on the ballot would be beneficial too. Still wondering why this couldn’t wait till the big election coming up…

#7 D@ily Spin on 09.28.22 at 5:01 pm

The best way to get people to vote is a bar with twofers next door. Otherwise, the usual, let brain washed credit card cubicle workers off early.

#8 l3wis on 09.28.22 at 10:39 pm

The 4th estate has a responsibility to inform the public about the election, no media slant.

Honestly, I don’t understand why people think it is so hard to vote in local elections, it literally takes about 10 minutes out of your day.

The reason they didn’t put it with the General is because they knew the outcome may be different. I still think it would have passed the 60% threshold and think the bond is needed. It is just disappointing that 769 people get to decide on a $30 million dollar bond.

#9 Very Stable Genius on 09.29.22 at 10:23 am

The general public are too busy keeping their truck with a gun in it unlocked and watching Netflix.

We are becoming a proxy nation, where we allow others to take care of everything. That’s why people don’t run for school board, fanatics are starting to control state political conventions, and words like freedom and liberty have become blank checks of acceptance and complicity for politicians who are of a minority agenda but of a majority acquiescence.

#10 Mike Lee Zitterich on 09.30.22 at 2:03 pm

I am a “Trump Republican”, no, take that back, I am a Anti-Federalist much like Thomas Jefferson, Patrick Henry, George Mason. Without people us, you would have never gotten a “Constitution” today with the first ten Bill of Rights all of which have protected both the “states” and the “people” respectively in order to self govern themselves.

Yes, I am a “TRUMP PATRIATIC REPUBLICAN” who spends all of his spare time reseaching, studying the Cosntitution, both the Federal and State, and laws, and case laws, in order to help make our “communities” a better place.

I neither use my RELIGION to adopt laws, however, I use my RELIGION to guide me on a path to adopt “Positive Law” in order to help the people self govern themselves in ways of which make our city a better place.

I do not need to ‘vote’ in public elections, I can participate in the governing process a numerous other ways, such as working with the people and our representatives to craft legislation to govern public things, property, programs, and services.

IF I do not like any such public vote of the people, I have the right NOT to consent, by filing a grievance, legal challenge, or convince the voters to refer it back for a ‘second vote’ of the people making changes along the way.

#11 Fearing the Fuhrer & More on 09.30.22 at 6:03 pm

Damn, and here I was hoping that Mike was a “Lincoln Republican”, or a “TR” one. #HonestAbe #SanJuanHillBoneSpursOrNot #HorrendousTrump

Now, Jefferson did like debt and Henry once offered some Common Sense but never any Lysol advice, and Mason, well, aren’t those like some of the workers that Trump never pays? So, I guess I see the similarity.