"As a Washtenaw County resident, I see myself as an investor. My tax dollars are an investment to my community, not a transaction of currency for goods or service.
When I pay my taxes, I expect that the money is used for upkeep and as an investment in my community, and that is how I feel about WCC as an institution. By my money going to the college, I hope that more people recognize Washtenaw County as a place they want to live, which improves my property value, much the same as good roads, parks and primary schools would do.
As a taxpayer, I care little about the individual student, but care about the overall performance of the college – over which residents vote in trustees to manage.
As a student, it is absolutely essential that students have access to SOQs to make sure they get the best for their tuition dollar. But there is no reason SOQs shouldn’t be made public for taxpayers as well, since it is their dollars being invested in this institution.
A little bit of transparency might go a long way in keeping the faith in our elected trustees, for if they are battling so hard to keep the SOQs concealed then there must be something to hide. And if there is something to hide, then at the next trustee election the voters might decide they want a more transparent trustee.