Well, for one thing, we’d be denied the entertainment of this uproarious back-and-forth over the Bright Beginnings program with the Mecklenburg County Commission. Little question that CMS is attempting to game the system here with a meta-budget $10m. “grant” request for the county.
But what is really telling is that the sudden push for school district taxing authority has been twinned with the vapid “consolidation” meme. In other words, something for nothing. The Local Powers That Be, confronted with an end of the hot-check, Ponzi-scheme era, faced with “we cannot afford the government we have,” have hit upon changing the letterhead and the name on pay to line as viable solutions.
Shrinking government while improving transparency and accountability is the only way out of the hole the Powers dug for themselves. Those goals would not be served by giving CMS the ability to destroy the local economy. Certainly not on the heels of the cynical gangsterism CMS displayed with the bid to kill middle school sports for the want of $400,000 — couch-cushion money down at the Ed Shed.
Taxing authority? I wouldn’t trust Pete Gorman and his shakedown artists with a lemonade stand.