Getting tired of school bond issues | Letter to the Editor

Aren’t you getting tired of school bond issues? This will be the third time in a year that the South Kitsap School District is asking for money to build a new high school.

But this time they are not asking for the original $127 million amount. Instead, they are asking you for $172 million for a 21-year bond instead of the original 30-year bond.

The 2016 median price, or value, of a South Kitsap home is $285,000 (source: assessor’s office). This means at $1.56 per $1,000 of your home’s value, your additional tax burden will be $444.60.

Can you afford that, especially when all other taxes are going up as well? I know I can’t.

It’s time that our school superintendents and school boards realize that they need to lobby the state Legislature for public school projects.

The state of Washington takes in plenty of property-tax revenue for public schools.

If you don’t believe me, call the Washington State Department of Revenue like I did the other day. They told me that with the local school property tax and the state’s portion of your property tax, it totaled well over $5 billion per year.

You might wonder where all that money goes. If the state is anything like Kitsap County, 70 percent of the money goes for salaries and employee benefits.

I’ve come to the conclusion that our school superintendents and our school boards do not give a hoot about senior citizens on fixed incomes or they would be thinking of other ways to support our public schools.

I will vote NO again.

Rob Daugherty

Olalla

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