A great deal of information has been printed regarding the levies to be voted on by Feb. 13. Tax notices will likely place home owners in sticker shock. In 2017 our home was valued at $292,000 (over $3,000 per year in taxes); the 2018 value is $324,000, a difference of $32,000 in one year. With this kind of escalation in property values, homeowners may question as to whether they can afford to live, work and play in Marysville.
My understanding is, if the levies fail on Feb. 13, they can be presented for a second time in April. I am not convinced the district has a defensible or a transparent plan. I voted no. I support schools, but the district needs to work harder to earn trust through transparent communications. Voting no, make the district do its homework and take it up again in April.
I have researched many aspects of the Marysville School District, including school performance. According to the State Board of Education 2016 Index Rating, 10th Street School, Allen Creek, Marysville Middle School, Marshall Elementary, Pinewood and Shoultes received “Fair” ratings. Liberty, Sunnyside, Totem, Grove, Cedarcrest, Cascade, received a “Underperforming” rating. Quil Ceda is designated as a Priority School. Academy of Const & Engineering and Marysville Arts and Tech both designated as “Fair.” The only school doing well is Kellogg Marsh rated “Good.”
On the list of failure to maintain buildings, failure to be transparent, failure to communicate, the Board of Education can add, failure to educate. That is a personal opinion of course and Snohomish County can double my taxes if it means the education of a child. I give money to the district, you tell me what you did with it.
Editor’s note: Collections for school district levies are fixed to a specific level and do not mean that districts collect more as the value of property increases. They collect only the specific amount listed in the levy. District levies are separate from the property tax that the state collects for schools, which the Leglislature increased last year.