Thursday, October 17, 2002

Want to Help Fight the OPS Tax Increase?

Go Big Ed has agreed to collect donations for a short but sweet advertising campaign to encourage voters within the Omaha Public Schools to vote against the spending-lid override that will be on the Nov. 5 ballot.

If the tax increase passes in OPS, the domino effect across Nebraska might raise school taxes significantly for years to come. But if OPS voters hold the line on spending, that would send a positive message across the state.

A campaign is planned combining humorous radio ads and print ads directing voters to http://www.GoBigEd.blogspot.com to learn more about the issue up to Election Day.

The ads are being designed by Iowa consultant Paul Dorr, who has won 10 of 11 spending-increase battles against school districts in Iowa and Minnesota in recent years. A feature story about Mr. Dorr that appeared in Go Big Ed and other publications earlier this month (see Oct. 9, below) sparked the campaign.

To keep things simple, Go Big Ed would like to collect $4,999.99 and not a penny more. That’s because $5,000 in donations is the threshold at which contributions must be reported to the Nebraska Accountability and Disclosure Commission. Donations of any size would be appreciated and names of donors would not be published.

Go Big Ed will post constant updates on the campaign’s progress and will issue a complete accounting after the Nov. 5 election.

To contribute, please send a check to:

Susan Darst Williams
P.O. Box 995
Elkhorn, NE 68022

Thank you, and please tell your friends.

Come on! Let’s go, fight, win! Go Big Ed!

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