Fourteen years ago to the day, Albuquerque voters rejected an APS school bond issue and tax increase, link.
Coincidentally, the last bond issue to fail before that, failed fourteen years earlier.
Coincidentally, APS had just paid another supt. a bunch of money to leave.
Voters are legitimately upset and, the leadership of the APS
is doing nothing to address that upset.
Instead, as is their want and practice, APS and the media will
keep the bond issues and mill levies largely secret from voters until the last minute, when they will deluge likely supporters with information that will get out their vote in elections that go otherwise unnoticed.
There are three options;
- voters can approve the tax increases in spite of the ethics, standards and accountability crisis in the leadership of the APS - Gov Bill Richardson's advice, link.
- voters can reject the tax increases because of the ethics, standards and accountability crisis in the leadership of the APS and the possibility of a number of otherwise good outcomes will evaporate for at least another two years. or
- voters can approve the tax increases, but only if a full blown examination and review of ethics, standards and accountability in the leadership of the APS is well underway.
The best outcome unfortunately, is the least likely;
resources in exchange for honest to God accountability
to meaningful standards of conduct and competence
as stewards of the public trust and treasure.