Don’t dig hole any deeper; vote yes for Marysville schools

Apathy and lack of support has consequences. Misunderstandings and digging in heals about past mistakes continues the negative cycle. Let’s move forward and in a positive direction as a community to keep our town and schools attractive to teachers, businesses and families moving into our area. Let’s support the many educational needs our state funds don’t cover and pass the Marysville schools levy on Feb. 14!

We need to seriously ask how deep a hole we will continue digging for ourselves. There will be no collections in 2023 due to two levy failures in 2022, and these consequences were felt this fall: no middle school or C team sports, increased class sizes, and a decrease in support staff and security. If we say no again, there will be no collections in 2023 or 2024!

Common misunderstandings need to be addressed. Teachers teach to state standards and what has been legislated by the state. Voting no will not change the curriculum. The district is legally bound to spend funds appropriately per their audits. There is no leeway to misspend funds.

The levy is not an additional tax and is at a lower rate, a drop from $2.35 to $1.67 per $1,000 assessed property value. Taking away funds will not increase school performance. Support and funds will. Be part of the solution. Get involved, ask questions, and work together building good faith. Vote yes! Pass this critical levy; take pride in our community, schools and our kid’s future!

Kathy Kalab

Lake Stevens

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