Here is an exciting announcement. The Lebanon School System has elected to place a levy on the ballot for the May elections.
That’s not the exciting part. Actually, it’s deplorable that the system is exploring a levy in this economic climate. But we all know now, and this is one of the benefits of Senate Bill 5 introduced by Senator Shannon Jones, is that it seeks to eliminate step increases as a state law, which will give school boards much more control over their local finances, because as things stand today expanding school budgets are more or less out of our control. Thank the teachers union for that.
When S.B.5 is passed, it will help enormously with the type of budget problems that give districts an excuse to put levies on a ballot. So until a bill like S.B.5 is passed, we have to stop the growth of this entitlement culture by turning off the money supply through tax revenue. So Lebanon is a levy that must be defeated in May.
But, as is typically the case in any institution that is built upon the foundations of entitlement, there are dark secrets. Deep, dark, illustrious soap opera type secrets that lead to massive amounts of corruption, at the tax payer’s expense.
Back when I first entered the arena of battling school levies, having web sites that functioned as whistle blowers of the type of corruption that drives up costs within school districts were virtually unknown. But I set one up with my daughter serving as the lead designer and it was a marvelous success. In fact, this blog site was born as a kind of newspaper that connected directly to our home site of www.NoLakotaLevy.com. It was needed so daily updates could be quickly added and spread virally through the community. It was so effective that it went a long way to defeating the Lakota Levy on it’s own merit, because it allowed people to learn exactly what the truth was by people in the community that really cared about the fate of the district, not just hired officials trying to justify their jobs and amount of pay. This is important because as tax payers we are the employers of these officials, so we need information that is accurate and cuts through the smoke screens to the truth.
The No Lakota Levy campaign worked very closely with Mason, and still does as a matter of fact. Mason employed their own web site to great effect, and as history now shows, their levy went down to defeat also.
So to defeat a school levy, a good web site is very important and that’s why I am very proud to announce the creation of Lebanon Schools Facts.com http://lebanonschoolfacts.com/ that was created to bring the Lebanon Levy down in flaming defeat!
Their site is very impressive. It looks like they took what they liked from other web sites like the Mason site and the Lakota site and dramatically improved them for their own use. It’s packed with information and appears to be only the tip of the ice berg for what will prove to be an entertaining and informative election season. I have some preliminary information that has been sent to me, and once the information can be confirmed, that web site will be the place to break the info, and it will be very beneficial to helping the voters of Warren County decide if they want to support all this activity with a larger imposition on their property taxes.
When launched earlier in the week, the website had over 400 hits in its first 24 hours. Oddly within hours of the launch Joe Roberts resigned from his athletic director position. And before the election in May, there will be a lot more drama as the layers of hidden information gets peeled back to reveal what’s really at the core of this issue.
And be it known that I am fully behind the Anti-Levy effort of Lebanon. My goal at this point is reform at the state level and I believe throwing more money at public education in its current form is no different than paying off mob bosses in a Las Vegas Casino.
So trust me Lebanon Warriors, I dedicate this song to your cause and the lyrics of that song will be yours. It’s a song I listen to almost every day and I think it’s appropriate for you Lebanon Warriors. Listen to the words and enjoy the battle cry!