It’s hard to realize that in 1977 the Legislature was directed by the courts to identify and fully fund basic education. I was just in my fourth decade on this earth. Now I’m on my eighth and once again those that we trust with our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren must once again go to the people for funding not provided by the state.
As a senior on a fixed income I don’t like increased taxes but I support those necessary ones. I remember that when my children were going to the public schools many seniors were out front supporting school levy and bond issues. Now it’s our turn to return that support.
The good news is that the current tax request proposal is projected to decrease over the next four years. And this current proposal just replaces the one we approved in 2014. The better news is, as I understand it, this levy actually reduces the 2014 approved one by 42 cents per $1,000 assessed valuation. So by approving this levy, using an assessed valuation of $300,000, your school levy tax will go down $126.
This shows the dedication that our school administrators and board members have in making sure every local dollar we spend for schools is spent very wisely.
So, as a senior citizen, I urge all seniors and members of the community to support those Marysville School levies on the ballot in February.