Opinionated @ CFE

Canyons School District Wants More Money

Jun
11

Remember the talking points in favor of splitting the Jordan School District a couple of years ago? We were told that splitting up the district would lower costs and result in a much leaner and responsive school district. Almost immediately, however, I noticed that my property tax bill for the newly-created Canyons School District shot up rather sharply over the previous year. Apparently, that wasn’t enough.

I got a mailer the other day asking voters to approve a new $250M bond for school renovation and construction. In it, the mailer claimed that this would not have an impact on property taxes and would be paid out of existing revenues. Curiously, though, the mailer estimated the annual cost of the bond at around another $100 per year on a home like mine. While there are a number of older schools that could stand some fixing up, I’m deeply suspicious that this is just the beginning of a long string of large tax increases.

The timing of this vote only makes me more skeptical. Instead of having a vote on the bond issue during the general election, they have instead opted to place it on the primary ballot, an election that typically has a lower voter turnout and less fanfare. Low turnout elections are easy to sway with minimal effort and lobbying groups such as the UEA have proved their electoral power before. If a guy like me who follows political news daily gets blindsided by this bond request, what are the odds that Joe Voter knows what’s going on? And shouldn’t that make us ask why this appears to have been done on the down low?

If you live in the Canyons School District, you need to start researching the bond now and vote in the primary election by June 22. I’ll probably vote for it (buildings from the 60s and 70s don’t last forever), but I’ll be holding my nose while I do it.

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