If voters on May 8 truly were exercising "common sense," they would have voted "Yes" on Issue 10.
If the argument that strong school systems result in strong communities and increased property values isn't "common sense" enough, then how about the fact that levies that fail don't go away?
I mean, when was the last time anyone saw a school district thank the public for pointing out they really didn't need the money, and they would find a way to get by without it?
Levies that don't pass come back, and they keep coming back until they pass. Often times, they come back at a higher amount due to debts the district has incurred while trying to get the levy passed or increased building costs.
Running a levy campaign is a time-consuming endeavor. That would appear to be "common sense" as well.
So, if we have our School Board, superintendent and other employees focusing on passing a levy, it would seem, according to "common sense," that they are being taken away from their jobs of making decisions on what is best for students.
Here is an idea: How about we vote for School Board members who will make fiscally-sound decisions on what is best for our schools and students?
Oh wait, we already do that.
So maybe the "common sense" thing to do would be to follow their recommendation and vote for school levies when asked.
It would appear that only 40 percent of the community voted with true "common sense" on May 8, while 60 percent voted with another version of "common sense."
Let's face it, nobody wants to pay more taxes, but this school levy will be back until it passes. Maybe the "common sense" thing to do is pass it sooner than later.