Tacoma’s future relies on how we educate our students. Passing Proposition 1 would enhance our chances for a brighter future. The average age of facilities the Tacoma School District proposes to renovate is 74. Many need to meet current building, health and safety codes.
Improving the learning environment inspires students to perform at a higher level than they do in dilapidated, unsafe or unhealthy conditions. It also inspires greater parent and community involvement, which rebounds back to the students.
Some argue that this is too expensive. I wonder about that. Since when is roughly $66 a year on a house appraised at $200,000 too expensive? This equals $5.50 per month, or less than 20 cents per day.
Interest rates are now low. Construction costs are also at historic lows. A previous bond at higher interest rate would be refinanced at a lower rate. Previously passed school bonds will come off the books.
Let’s get real: To educate our community’s future adults, we need to spend a few bucks (I should say, a few pennies). Please vote for better schools and for Proposition 1.
(Warnick is a board member of the Korean Women’s Association.)