Snohomish School District levies fill gaps in state’s funding

Snohomish School District is seeking to renew two expiring previously approved levies on Feb. 8. This is not a new tax. The state does not adequately support basic needs. School levies make-up the difference between what Washington state pays for and what it actually costs to educate students in safe and secure schools. These two levies fill the 16 percent funding gap to support our students’ learning.

Voting yes on these two levies will keep in place needed revenue to support current school operations, provide financial stability for the school district at zero additional costs to the taxpayer.

These two levies are critical to our school district. The Educational Programs and Operations levy provides our schools with psychologists, nurses, custodians and security. This levy also helps students to connect with athletics, performing arts, clubs and other activities that help build stronger mental and academic success. The state does not pay for these activities.

Our Technology, Safety and Facility Improvement levy provides for a continuance of equitable technology access across the district, improve safety and helps maintains our aging building.

All of us, even those without children in district schools, benefit from a strong school system. We benefit when our community’s youth are well educated. We benefit when our school district is viewed as excellent and people want to live here.

I ask that you to join me in voting yes for these two levies on Feb. 8.

To find out more information go to yessnohomish.org.

Sonia Siegel Vexler

Snohomish

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