I was shocked to learn this week that the $4 million annual increase the Blackhawk Technical College is asking “we the people” of the district to approve in the referendum on Tuesday, Aug. 12, is a permanent—never-ending—increase in funding for the technical college district! Yes, no sunset! No end! Permanent!
The Gazette reported, “The referendum to boost the school’s operational levy, the first referendum of its kind for technical colleges in the state,…” I noted, “Previously, schools had only asked for capital improvement funding during referendums that paid for specific projects.
The Gazette published the referendum question—read it! It provides carte blanche to BTC!
I am going to vote, “no” on the BTC referendum Tuesday!
JOHN W. EYSTER