If you have a school levy on your ballot, I’m taking a few minutes to ask you to vote, “Yes,” and turn it in.
Some of the issues are replacement levies (aka, “Maintenance and Operation”). These are NOT new taxes. They Do provide a significant amount of the school budget (almost 30%)! If an M&O levy fails, staff gets cut and class sizes go up, kids start being required to pay for sports, arts and music get kicked to the curb, and so on…I could go on and on, but just imagine taking a 30% whack to your family’s budget.
These issues deserve your support.
Now, some other districts have additional measures.
I’m going to speak specifically to the one in Puyallup, since it’s the one I know about, but I am very open to your comments if you’re one of my many readers in other districts.
If you’re in Puyallup, the 2nd measure will fund upgrades to technology and safety, as well as facility improvements that will make room for All kiddos to go to free, full day kindergarten. Can I get a whoo-hoo? I thought so! I don’t know about you, but I don’t consider anything on this list a, “Luxury,” and I would much rather plan for expenditures rather than paying more when things become emergencies (water pouring through the roof anyone)?
If BOTH measures pass, and your home is worth around 200 thousand, you’re looking at a whopping 8.00 a month. I know times are tight, but that’s two lattes-a great deal.
February 11th is election day. You need to turn your ballot into a drop box, or put a stamp on it and make sure it’s postmarked by this day. My advice is to get it in tomorrow, because things always come up, and it’s just terrible to see that thing staring up at you from the coffee table 20 minutes before the polls close! Just me? If you need help finding a drop box, you can go here.
If you’d like more information on the Puyallup measures, you can go here. If you’re willing to spam your fb friends, the Vote Yes Puyallup group also has a Facebook page.
If you want to leave comments on behalf of your district, feel free!
Disclosure: I am a part time employee of the Puyallup School District, but this post represents only my personal, biased opinion. No group paid for it, and I was not provided with text.