They were asked to make their voices heard, and they did.
Officials at the Carthage Central School District held a public forum after voters shot down the last two capital projects.
Those who came were happy to give their opinions.
"I think there have been some issues relative to tax fatigue and that's why budget votes have gone down in the recent past," said Tom Sauter, who spoke at the meeting.
Those who spoke talked about a variety of issues -- ranging from buses, to taxes, to teacher pay -- but the most common complaint was a lack of communication between the board and the public.
To fix that, Superintendent Peter Turner says there may be more public forums to come.
"One of the people suggested quarterly," he said. "I think that's very doable."
"I think if the board decides that what happened tonight is a positive thing and they go forth with a forum like this on a regular basis throughout the year," Sauter said, "they're going to have some positive results."
At the end of the meeting, not everyone agreed on everything, but most said they looked forward to coming to more forums.
Friday, May 6, 2016, Watertown, NY
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