“(The school board will be) … submitting a bond issue to the people. This issue should equip a school plant which will permit education expansion and take care of the needs…for the next fifty years.
The present high school plant is entirely inadequate in size, arrangement and equipment for teaching of the present day high school curriculum or for carrying out the advanced ideas of elementary training.
…(Hudson)must be in a vanguard of educational progress ready to offer to her students the best possible advantages. Hand in hand with a better school will go a better and higher Hudson with greater opportunities. So if you have the economic welfare of Hudson at heart, vote for the bond issue.“
Hudson City Council took up Resolution 17-138 “A RESOLUTION ENDORSING THE NOVEMBER BALLOT ISSUE TO SUPPORT THE HUDSON CITY SCHOOLS.” (meeting 9-19-17) When all the “whereas’s” and “therefors” are parsed, it comes down to the simple statement: that a great school system is important to a thriving community, and part of what makes a system great is having up-to-date facilities. You can’t say it better than the author* did in the quote above, written in 1913. He was talking about the need to look forward, to build a cutting-edge facility that would serve Hudson for the next 50 years. The building in question we would come to know as Hudson Elementary, and it outlasted the prediction by another 40+ years.
Point is buildings get old, teaching methods change, and the responsibility to turn out the best students and future leaders is timeless.
I would have been happy with a Resolution that stopped there. But our Resolution actually reads, “..urge all citizens to vote in favor,” and that is where I parted with some members of Council. The School Board did not pass such a resolution (that is prohibited by law), and they have the most insight into the planning and the math that ultimately determines how much tax you will pay. City Council has no special insight into how the tax was determined, that fact that we are a government body and we call for a “yes” vote implies we do. The fact that we typically do not endorse ballot issues for county entities only underscores the significance of urging a “yes” vote.
The Resolution passed, 6 yes, one “pass” (Hanink). I voted “yes” because I agree with everything above, but I would have preferred we not presume to tell voters how to vote. Citizens are smart enough to do research, look at the options, consider the consequences, and make an intelligent choice that works for them. They did it in 1913, they are capable today.
You may read that we did not tell citizens how to vote:
Except, yeah, we kind of did…
Voting “No” on sale of electrical equipment to First Energy
I was the lone “no” vote on the sale electrical transmission equipment valued at $457,685 to First Energy. My opposition was not to the sale, it is necessary due to federal regulations that make its continued operation cost prohibitive. I objected to the fact that the sale was in the “Consent Agenda,” where a basket full of unrelated items are put together for one vote and immediate passage. I would have preferred it not be on the consent agenda, but rather go through the customary three readings, to allow the public an opportunity to comment on such a big ticket item.
*the author of the quote was the editor of the Hudson Independent, not a public official. Jan 2, 1914. Available at Google Newspapers, follow the link.