It’s appalling that the Edmonds School District has the nerve to come to voters again for a replacement levy. Last summer the Legislature passed a bill to fully fund publi schools statewide on the backs of property owners. Why is the Edmonds School District double-dipping by putting this levy on a ballot to voters?
This is an egregious act of greed by an extremely well-funded school district. Property values in this district have been soaring for the last few years. This so-called replacement levy was a contract. Taxpayers have fulfilled that contract and the original levy has been paid for several times. Why, if the bill passed in 2017 fully funds the schools in this state, are the districts still being allowed to have supplemental levies, even at a cap?
Homeowners are going to experience sticker shock when the 2018 property tax statements are mailed out in a few weeks. Most will see a jump of 16 percent or more. It’s not surprising that the school district is holding this election before those property tax statements are mailed out because they know what the reaction will be when homeowners see the additional school taxes due to McCleary ruling and the taxes for ST3.
Voters in the Edmonds School District must finally say enough is enough and vote no on the replacement levy on Feb. 13. Give us a break.
Editor’s note: Legislation passed last year was not intended to “fully fund” education but to resolve the state’s over reliance on local school levies to pay for “basic education,” in particular, teacher salaries. School districts are allowed to seek local levies to pay for other needs not included in the state’s definition of basic education.