Vote no on Northshore schools’ top-heavy tax request

\Living in a one-party state like Washington has unintended consequences like the pressure of State agencies to increase your taxes in the name of your children and progressivism.

An example of this is the well-funded Northshore School District asking property owners in their district to increase property taxes to fund an additional $925 million for schools.

The increased property taxes are described as a capital bond and a levy for education programs and technology. The descriptions of the bond and levies sound great and something you would want for every child. The reality is your children and your neighbor’s children will never be the beneficiaries of the programs described.

One of many reasons for this is that funds raised will go to the unchecked, bloated compensations and pensions of the teachers, administrators and superintendents of the school district. It is a myth that teachers are not well paid. Several administrators’ salaries reach above a top-heavy rate of $200,000 and the superintendent was paid $392,000 in 2019-20.

The Northshore School District paused education for covid despite receiving federal funds for covid and they are closing schools again despite the devastating mental health and academic impacts on our children and families. It is time to pause their spending. Make your money work for the children. Vote no on the Feb. 8 special eection for new bonds and levies. To learn more, go to

Ann Ashford


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