Batavia’s taxes are impacted most significantly by the school board’s spending decisions. Tuesday, April 9, 2013, a consolidated election will be held. 4 of the 7 school board seats are up for election. Choose wisely.
Tuesday, April 2, the League of Women Voters of Central Kane County hosted a forum for the Batavia 101 school board candidates. Columnist Rick Nagel of the Batavia Patch writes:
“News Analysis: The most fiscally conservative at Tuesday’s candidates forum were, in order, Karner, Stoops, Locke, Gaspar and Bleakley. Papka and Grizaffi were unable to attend….
Yes, labels are patently unfair, but for voters who want to simplify their choices in the April 9 election, here’s what I came up with after seeing and hearing the candidates Tuesday:
- The School Board Incumbent (Bleakley)
- The Educator (Gaspar)
- The PTO President (Locke)
- The Business Professional (Stoops)
- The Fiscal Conservative (Karner)”
A final word of advice: vote only for those candidates you want to represent you; if only 1 or 2 hold your views, don’t vote for 4 just because the ballot says “vote for 4”, as doing so dilutes your vote for your preferred candidate(s).