Score one for cupcakes! Bake sale beats the establishment!
Nancy Rumfelt, the one woman army at Liberty Watch, who had to have a “Bake Sale for Transparency” to raise money to pay for an open records request, defeated the education establishment. On Tuesday voters in the Thompson School District in Loveland voted overwhelmingly “no” on a $154 million property tax increase. The final tally showed nearly 61 percent of voters rejected ballot measure 3A.
Newly elected school board member Bob Kerrigan told the Loveland Reporter Herald that a lack of transparency hurt the school district’s image:
Another negative perception regarded the district’s level of transparency, Kerrigan said.
“It’s accountability. It’s where the money is going,” he said. “I known we do great things here, but right now the public perception is we struggle.”
Kerrigan, who defeated incumbent school board member and 3A supporter Karen Stockley, opposed the tax increase and even attended Rumfelt’s bake sale.
Government, especially school districts, should take notice that a lack of transparency can kill a tax increase. It happened in Greeley Evans District 6 in 2009.