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SCHOOLS: Bond vital for Peninsula schools

Letter by Jill Johnson and Michael Wilson, Gig Harbor on Jan. 24, 2011 at 12:50 pm with 8 Comments »
January 24, 2011 12:52 pm

We are writing to support Peninsula School District’s 2011 capital bond.

A cornerstone to the academic health and welfare of our children is providing quality, safe and secure educational facilities. We are privileged to have a school district with exceptionally skilled and passionate teachers, staff, administration and school board. Our school buildings and facilities, however, are not in great condition since the district has only had one capital bond in the last 20 years.

It is the responsibility of our community to step forward and approve school capital funding initiatives. Our school buildings and facilities are not used solely for educating our children; they are also used by numerous community organizations, so funding this capital bond will truly be an investment in our community.

Although we are facing a challenging economic environment, the timing to pursue capital bond funding is excellent. The benefits are: historically low municipal bond market, favorable construction climate; job creation that will help boost our local economy.

Passing this bond measure will allow us to continue to provide our children with a quality education. Without bond funds, school facilities will either receive no attention or the district will have to siphon monies from its general fund to “duct tape” facility problems. Proper funding of capital programs will help the district avoid fiscal emergencies and future unplanned capital costs.

We owe our support to our children and community to pass this vital measure. A yes vote will have lasting impact.

(Johnson and Wilson are co-chairs of Citizens for Peninsula Schools.)

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  1. GHTaxPayer says:

    NO – NO – NO
    No more BAILOUTS !

    PSD and Olympia gets PLENTY of our taxpayer money but they choose to squander it on admin salaries and programs that have no relationship to teaching our children.

    On top of that, PSD Super Terry Hoeck has admitted that there is no oversight and will not give details about union exclsuiveness in the construction !!!

    This is a UNION BAILOUT, pure and simple !

    VOTE NO on the PSD Bond !!!

    Maybe our kids can teach the PSD how to spell B-U-D-G-E-T

  2. jandkgibbs says:

    I read the voter’s pamphlet on Prop #1 and the PSD Bond Measure and question asking the voters to approve sales and property tax increases at this time. Salary levels at Pierce Transit seem fair and see a lot of empty buses around Gig Harbor. We need more efficiency first and tax increases the last resort. I visit the schools and sports fields and find them clean and in good condition. I listen to presentations about bang for our bucks, low interest rates and contractors hungry for work. Then I learn these contracts will cost more because of laws requiring prevailing wage.

    My 92 year old mother gets no cost of living increace for her social security. Her gas, food, taxes and health care all going up. I know many retired people on fixed income tightening their belts and barley getting by. Consider the loss of value in our homes (20%) without comparable drops in property taxes. Daily you read about pay cuts and furloughs. In these economic times government must address priorities. Until this country can afford a increase for Social Security no one in America should get a pay raise and no taxes should be increased.

    Both ballot measures are worthy but the timing seems ill advised. I must say no for now and ask both groups to come back to voters when the economy improves. In the meantime take it up a belt notch like the rest of us.

  3. About 15 years ago, I had a couple of kids in the Peninsula District.

    They used to send more begging notes home to support the bonds than they did homework because they couldn’t afford this that and the other, and the Administrator had an income in the six figures then!

  4. I think jandkgibbs has correctly figured the scenero out! Now if the other voters can see farther than the end of their noses,maybe the taxing madness will cease,but knowing how much the Harborites love to pay more and more taxes, I won,t count on it!The cry of,(Its for the children),seem to work like a charm!

  5. ItalianSpring says:

    James Bond is vital for Peninsula schools, but keep my wallet out of it.

  6. commoncents says:

    funny how people always trot out the elderly when talking about what they term “exorbitant” property taxes and at the same time denigrating those who trot out the kids when trying to pass school bond levies.

    It’s not for the kids…and the elderly and those with limited income have the ability to gain an exemption from the tax or defer it until such time that the house is sold or the individual passes away.

    It’s not perfect but nothing is…

    by the way…are your taxes higher than they were last year? Mine aren’t. They are about the same as they were in 2006.

  7. truthbusterguy says:

    When is “enough is enough”. My property value is down 30% but my property tax is down $55. Have you gassed up your car lately, seen food prices or bought some clothes for the kids?

    I think jandk is right. He or she is just pointing out the timing is bad, not to the need of these measures. The fact that people on SS get no COLA is the shame of government and they should get an increase before Transit workers get another 4% raise and kids get electronic blackboards that will be outdated the day they install them. Do your homework on the specifics of what they want to use the money for.

    If commoncents is feeling guilty about paying less in tax he or she should write a check for the difference and send to Pierce Transit and PSD.

  8. commoncents says:

    Bet in 2007 you weren’t complaining that your property taxes weren’t increasing at the same rate that your home value was…hmmm why is that? Oh wait, because when home values are increasing then everyone understands that their taxes are calculated by comparing the value of their home relative to everyone else’s and has little to do with the actual value of that specific home. But as soon as home values start going down? Then the complaints come in. It’s a simple concept people…values go up then rates go down but if values go down then rates go up…actual dollars received are the same unless you add a new tax to the rate or there is a large amount of new construction in your taxing district.

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