Here are some areas of my life where I am willing to pay a higher price for quality or convenience...
- Windshield wipers that slide smoothly across the windshield without annoying noises.
- OPI Nail Polish that lasts longer than Walmart stuff.
- Hunt's canned tomatoes that taste significantly better than Great Value.
- Kraft Mayo.
- Heinz Ketchup.
- Ernie: Pepsi over RC
- Better seats at a college football game rather than the nosebleeds.
- Razors. Nuff said.
- Disney World cleanliness and customer service over Universal.
- Hampton cleanliness and clientele rather than Days Inn.
- Running shoes.
- Western Sirloin rather than Steak and Biscuit.
- Occasionally, Mellow Mushroom's fresh ingredients over Pizza Hut.
Those silly examples above illustrate what we all understand--sometimes we pay more in exchange for better quality. I can think of no better reason to pay more for quality than education, the "great equalizer."
In 24 days, our county will vote on a property tax increase that will exclusively fund schools.
The amount is irrelevant. Many people are making it about the amount, but it could be a 1 mill increase, and they would still complain.
The leadership is irrelevant. Many people are making it about the superintendent or the board members or "the way things are run." They forget there are separate elections for those positions.
The POINT is that we are voting on an investment in our county. We are voting to invest in our students, way of life, and future industry, which in turn is an investment in our property values.
So ultimately, we are choosing to invest in our HOME.