The Gazette has an article on the Mattawan School Board election. There are two open seats up, as Grace Borgfjord and Jeff Dufon are not running for reelection. Borgfjord is the democrat nominee for county treasurer.
Mattawan school board candidates offer range of perspectives on need for new facilities
There are five candidates. Only one, Arlen Winther, opposes tax increases. The other four all support yet another bond measure to raise taxes.
Mattawan already tried to raise taxes twice in 2011, first by 80 million, then by 60 million. Both attempts were rejected by 55% of voters. Winther actively opposed both measures. He is the only candidate who represents the majority of voters.
The other four candidates talk about the need to better "explain" the tax increase, i.e. propagandize the voters with guilt trips about how it's "for the children". Most of them don't appear interested in listening to the voters, and understanding their difficult financial situations.
Some candidates argue that raising school taxes is necessary for economic development. I don't doubt that "good schools" correlate with economic development, but correlation is not causation. The main factor producing "good schools" is good students. If the populations of Mattawan and Benton Harbor switched places, Mattawan schools would suddenly be bad, and Benton Harbor schools would suddenly be good. None of the candidates provide evidence that raising taxes would help the economy.
Vote for Arlen Winther.