Letter: Enough with the legal battles over consolidation; let voters decide issue
Here we go again. Two years ago in the Spring of 2018, The Committee for Better Upper Verde Valley Schools (CBUVVS) gathered enough signatures to bring the issue of whether or not to consolidate the Cottonwood-Oak Creek Elementary School District No. 6 (COCSD) and the Mingus Union High School District No. 4 (MUHS) to the voters.
However, in July 2018, MUHS sued the CBUVVS to prevent the consolidation issue from being on the ballot in November 2018.
The resulting year and a half of litigation has cost CBUVVS over $85,000 in legal fees.
I can’t help but wonder how much has MUHS spent and who paid for it? I’m guessing that we, the taxpayers, are footing the bill to prevent ourselves from having a say on this issue.
Does anyone out there know how we can find out how much this legal battle to prevent the voters from expressing our opinion on consolidation has cost us? I’d sure love to know.
And, I’d sure like to know why preventing the vote is so important to the board that they’d take money that could be used in the classroom and pay it to lawyers instead.