Everyone knows that election turnout is highest in general elections, especially when a president is being elected. In last year's general election 45% of Village and Town of Lansing voters turned out. Turnout for the April Village of Lansing election was 5%, but that is understandable because two incumbents ran unopposed, so the election result was not going to cause dramatic change. More alarming was Tuesday's 9.4% turnout at the Lansing School District election.
When you look at all the property taxes Lansingites pay, by far the most dollars go to the school district. Last year Lansing taxpayers paid $20.715957 per thousand dollars of property value in school taxes, a good $14 per thousand more than the next highest tax, which was $6.623573 for Tompkins County. The Ithaca City School District tax rate was $17.4866. The next highest after that was the Town of Lansing tax, $1.491673 per thousand, about $19 less than the school tax. The fire district tax was about 91 cents, and the Lansing Library tax was approximately 19 and a half cents. So you can see the school tax is significantly higher. So why did only 493 of 5253 eligible school district voters turn out Tuesday?