Voters across the county have a monumental opportunity next week to continue investing in our children’s and our county’s future. Thirteen county school districts need your “yes” votes on replacement levies; many need “yes” votes on bonds. Your elected school boards ask your help to maintain and grow quality programs in schools today, and to maintain and build schools for generations to come by casting your “yes” votes by Feb. 13.
Why? Because our quality of life and economic stability depends on public schools. When businesses seek locations, they look closely at the quality of education available for employees. They consider whether schools are graduating students prepared to become part of a productive workforce. Our county schools are attractive to these companies, and we all benefit from their investments in higher paying jobs and the long-term economic growth and stability of Snohomish County.
When we ask Boeing to build its next airplane here, let’s show the company and its suppliers our willingness to invest in a future workforce and this region’s stability. When the next manufacturers consider Snohomish County as home base, let’s make sure they are confident of our collective support for good schools and a healthy economy.
Some of our neighbors believe legislators’ claims that our state has fully funded schools. To the contrary, Washington state has never fully funded local schools. Last June legislators approved a 2018 “levy swap” to answer the Supreme Court. That increased state school property tax rates. Next year, when tax collections for this year’s levies and bonds begin, legislators require local school levy tax rates to be lower. That’s how the “levy swap” works.
Don’t let the Legislature’s levy swap get in the way of your support for public schools. We vote “yes” to support schools and our collective futures, and encourage you to join us in voting “yes.”
Former Snohomish County Executive
Former Daily Herald publisher