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Published: Friday, February 7, 2014, 1:00 a.m.
Marysville


Justify use of more taxes

My question is when will the people running the Marysville School District get their priorities and responsibilities straight?
Their No. 1 priority has to be to make available to every student a quality education. Their top responsibilities need to be care in how they spend the money they are getting from the taxpayers and treating teachers responsibly.
Why has the school district not campaigned for the newest version of the maintenance and operating levy and the new capital expenditure levy? Are they afraid it will alert everyone about how much their taxes are about to increase and just maybe wake up the opposition?
Look carefully at the school district website. In the last state budget, they got an additional $6.4 million in funding. After funding existing program, they say they had $1.2 million left for new programs. Where did that money come from, you and I the taxpayers. The State Supreme Court has ruled that the state must increase and speed up its funding of schools and where will that money come from, you and I the taxpayers. And the governor wants to give teachers a cost of living increase, can you guess where that money will come from?
Now the school district is asking for a renewal of $1.7 million on the maintenance and operating levy and another $3 million for a new capital expenditure levy for technology.
Do we need to make sure we are providing a quality education, absolutely. Do teachers deserve a cost of living adjustment, probably. Do the administrators and board of education need to figure what programs they can live without so they don’t send the taxpayer to the poor house, without a doubt.
George Schlosser
Lake Stevens
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