As I watched speaker after speaker go to the podium in the Supervisors chambers last night, requesting that the BOCS advertise a tax rate high enough to support the 5 year plan, I questioned my own sanity. Where were the thundering hordes of people I had heard about? You know, those people who wanted the tax rate frozen at some ridiculously low figure that would pretty much halt most progress in Prince William County.
Our house-mate suggested that I must have been listening to talking hand sock puppets–that old propaganda trick of making people think that there were a lot more people out there than really exist. Sometime after 9 pm, a lone man got up and asked for a 1.3% rise in taxes. Actually, I think he thought that was even too much. He was also plenty irate about the budget sheet that got sent home with each school kid. I wonder if he got irate last year and the year before that?
Sending materials home with students is the main way the school system communicates between school and home. It always has been. Just because we live in an age of technology doesn’t mean that all parents have computers. Even in households with computers, often the computers were bought for the kids to help them with their studies (forget enhancing their social life). I don’t think some of our middle and upper middle class residents understand that everyone isn’t just like them.