Our goal is to involve local taxpayers in the planning process. We work overtime to ensure everyone’s voice is heard. We’ve learned that if you want to garner strong voter support for tax-related referenda, it needs to be the community’s plan.
"Over the past 10 years, Paul Hanley has assisted our school district with four successful ballot measures, providing approximately $800 million in funding. His taxpayer-focused strategies have allowed our district to address its highest priority capital improvement and operating needs, benefiting more than 30,000 students."
"Our bond measure passed with 76% support. Why? Because we asked our community what they wanted to do with their schools. Paul Hanley and his team guided authentic stakeholder engagement that generated our community’s plan. People support what they help to create."
“Respect your taxpayers. That’s the advice that Paul Hanley gave me years ago, and it’s proven to be a game-changer. When you follow Mr. Hanley’s public engagement strategies, it allows for the development of funding proposals that have strong community ownership.”
"Through a comprehensive public policy program, Paul Hanley was able to define what our local taxpayers would support and presented these results in a clear and understandable manner. Without his guidance, we would have surely asked for too much at the ballot box."
"As school districts consider referendums to modernize and improve their school buildings, it is imperative that the process include skilled and expert advice, which is precisely what Paul Hanley provides. Paul has helped many districts, including ours, run successful campaigns. He is one of the nation’s very best referendum consultants, and districts that want to get it right the first time can count on Paul and his team to give them the best chance of success."
“Paul Hanley assisted our district in building strong public support for a new community recreation center. His approach was focused on involving taxpayers throughout the planning process, which was precisely what was needed to deliver success at the polls.”
"Paul Hanley’s approach is about connecting, listening, and understanding the community. His efforts helped us determine what our taxpayers valued and his work was essential in passing a $136.6 million bond issue with strong support. As our construction is underway, I am continually complimented on the process of securing support for the project as a key part of the product. The two are inseparable to our residents."
"New Trier Township High School District 203 retained Paul Hanley to help us develop and implement a comprehensive public outreach program. In the end, our district was successful in obtaining 65 percent support for an $89 million bond issue. I was extremely impressed with Mr. Hanley’s knowledge, expertise, guidance and responsiveness to our needs."
“I don’t know anyone who knows more about effectively engaging taxpayers than Paul Hanley.”
“Paul Hanley and his team worked closely with our district and its constituency to get a bond measure passed for construction of the Estes Valley Community Center. Paul took a bold approach and, rather than telling us what he thought we wanted to hear, told us what we needed to hear – that there were strategies to be considered which could improve not only our chances at the polls, but the overall relationship with our patrons. Paul gave us strong advice coupled with the latitude to maintain ‘owner control’ of our election, and we could not be happier with the outcome.”
“Beyond Your Base provided Glenview School District 34 with a comprehensive approach to educating the public, assessing its wishes, and involving community stakeholders. Our successful $119M referendum is evidence of a well-informed community that understood the need for and the benefits of the improvements and the positive impact this will have for decades into the future.”
“I can't speak highly enough of Paul Hanley and the job he did in leading our district to a successful Education Fund referendum. He adeptly led us through the entire process including the voices of all key stakeholders. We passed our referendum with 76% support and that's greatly due to the leadership of Paul.”
“For over many years, Paul Hanley has helped pass several important ballot initiatives in our Town, most recently in the last election, a public safety tax passed with over 60% support. His experience, attention to detail and communication skills are second to none. I highly recommend Paul for your next project.”
“With Paul Hanley’s guidance, the White Oak Library District passed a $23 million building bond issue in a very fiscally conservative area and during a recession. He is that good.”
“Ignacio School District is located in Southwest Colorado. Our community is made up of ranchers and other very fiscally conservative groups. Paul Hanley’s firm was hired to communicate with taxpayers about a $50 million bond proposal. Paul and his team diligently and systematically presented the facts, the needs and the financial impact, as well as carefully listening to our taxpayers. His approach delivered success at the polls, dramatically improving our district’s aging school facilities.”
“Seeking a tax increase from our community was a large decision for our fire district and one we didn’t take lightly. Paul Hanley was there each step of the way, helping us engage our residents to gain their insight, quickly responding to any needs we had, and providing his experience and knowledge to help us reach a positive election outcome. The professionalism, expertise and guidance from Paul was indispensable.”
“Paul Hanley’s comprehensive Public Policy Program is just that! He guided our district in building strong public support by involving our constituents throughout the planning process. He provided expert guidance and our community passed our proposal on its first attempt!”
“Paul Hanley assisted our district with a great plan. He identified our likely voters, developed a message that would resonate, and dialed in a dollar amount that had a fighting chance of success. With his strategies of engagement, the district was successful in passing a $218 million bond measure.”
“In 2019, the Louisville Fire Protection District was successful in passing a mill levy increase because of the expertise, knowledge, and experience that Paul Hanley brought to the table. I believe that without Paul's help, we would not have been as successful as we were. In the end, our tax measure passed with 73% support because of hard work by Hanley and his team."
“Paul Hanley was instrumental in helping us convey to our community the need for additional funding to meet our collective expectations of the school district. This resulted in the successful passage of an $131.8 million bond and an $8 million mill levy override in 2016."
“Over the years, Paul Hanley has supported Muskegon Community College with a successful $24.7 million bond proposal as well as with data analytics. His thoughtful and comprehensive approach was a key component in enhancing the college’s reputation in the community and the construction of much needed infrastructure enhancement."
“Paul Hanley's expertise was invaluable in passing our bond. Meeker is a highly conservative community and had recently rejected tax increases for school district needs. Paul's counsel on how to gather information from our community, and sincerely engage them in our decision making process, paid great dividends. Our ballot measure passed by nearly a 2-to-1 margin. Meeker School District RE-1 did not possess the capacity or the expertise to ensure such a successful ballot initiative. Because of Paul's guidance, our capital needs are being addressed and our new facilities will be of great benefit to our students, staff, and community."
“Building strong public support for a tax referendum in Northern Michigan is an uphill battle given our aging, fiscally conservative electorate. However, with Paul Hanley and his team’s guidance, Kirtland Community College was able to do just that—twice. In fact, our last referendum passed with 64% support. Paul’s assistance with community engagement, public opinion research, message development, voter analyses and other pre-referendum services focused on respecting and involving our taxpayers in the planning process was invaluable.”
Paul A. Hanley, Managing Director of Beyond Your Base, a consulting group of Wight & Company, has been involved with hundreds of successful tax-related ballot measures over the past 28 years on behalf of municipalities, counties, school districts, community colleges and special districts throughout the nation.
With a strong commitment to meeting both the needs of his clients and their respective taxpayers, Mr. Hanley has been extremely successful in helping to generate strong voter support for bond ballot measures and other tax-related referenda.
Mr. Hanley coordinates a team of seasoned writers, graphic designers, voter database specialists and public opinion research professionals who are uniquely experienced in helping public entities implement comprehensive public information programs.
Among Mr. Hanley’s areas of expertise include:
• Community Outreach Programs
• Voter Analytics
• Public Opinion Research
• Community Task Force Facilitation
• Pre-Referendum Training
• Campaign Management
Mr. Hanley is a frequent speaker on public policy and election strategy at local, state and national conferences.
Mr. Hanley holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and master’s degree from the University of Colorado Denver.
• Adams County School District 14
• Basalt Library District
• Carbon County School District
• Carbon County
• Casper College
• Central Colorado Water Consv District
• Central Wyoming College
• City of Firestone
• City of Fruita
• City of Louisville
• City of Loveland
• City of Palos Heights
• City of Sheridan
• Colorado River Fire Rescue
• Community High School District 99
• Converse County
• DeBeque School District
• Downers Grove School District 58
• Durango Fire Protection District
• Eagle County School District
• Eaton Area Parks and Recreation District
• Englewood Park & Recreation
• Estes Valley Recreation & Park District
• Falcon Fire Protection District
• Fowler School District
• Frankfort Park District
• Fraser Valley Metro Recreation District
• Garfield County School District 16
• Garfield School District RE2
• Glenview Park District
• Grand River Health
• Gunnison School District
• Haxtun School District
• Hinsdale School District Re-1
• Hinsdale School District 86
• Holyoke School District
• Huntley Area Public Library District
• Ignacio School District
• Joliet Park District
• Kirtland Community College
• Lake Michigan College
• LaPlata Archuleta Water Consv District
• Larimer County
• Larkspur Fire Protection District
• LaSalle-Peru Township HSD 120
• Lemont Library District
• Louisville Fire Protection District
• Lyons Fire Protection District
• Maine Township High School District 207
• Mapleton School District
• Meeker School District
• Montcalm Community College
• Montrose Recreation District
• Mount Prospect School District 57
• Muskegon Community College
• New Trier Township High School District
• North Metro Fire Protection District
• Northbrook-Glenview School District 30
• Park County
• Platte Valley School District
• Platteville-Gilcrest Fire Protection District
• Pueblo Library District
• Pueblo School District No. 60
• Salida School District
• Security Water District
• Socorro County
• St. Vrain Valley School District
• Summit School District
• Sweetwater County School District #1
• Sweetwater County
• Telluride School District
• Thompson School District
• Town of Bennett
• Town of Frederick
• Town of Windsor
• Trilakes Monument Fire Protection District
• Village of Franklin Park
• Village of Villa Park
• Weld County School District Re-1
• Weld County School District Re-3J
• Weld County School District Re-4
• Weld County School District Re-8
• West Chicago Park & Recreation District
• West Grand School District
• White Oak Library District
• Windsor-Severance Fire Protection District
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