I am a father of three, the oldest being 15, and not coincidentally a 15-year resident of Gig Harbor. My wife and I made the decision to move to Gig Harbor based on several criteria, but one very important factor was the quality of the schools.
In recent years, we have seen a dramatic deterioration in the school system due to the lack of funding. The last bond measure “failed” with 58 percent voting for it. Knowing that our school funding taxes are the the lowest in Pierce County makes me question where our collective priorities lie.
The introduction of Proposition 1 provides hope to turn things around. It’s a measure that provides some critical fixes and increased capacity to our elementary school system and needed upgrades to technology and athletic fields.
This is not a 55 percent tax increase, as the signs against the levy suggest, but actually around 10 percent. At best, the purpose of saying 55 percent is for “shock value” to gather support – as one of the backers suggested. At worst, this is indicative of the level of math that will be associated with future generations of Gig Harbor.
I understand that a tax increase never comes at a good time, but to delay further a moderate and temporary amount would be detrimental to the Peninsula School District and our collective home values. I’m voting yes on Prop. 1 and hope others interested in our future will join me.