Letters to the Editor

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Tag: Puyallup School District

Jan.
27th

PUYALLUP: Vote no on Proposition 2

The Puyallup School District has put Proposition 2 on the ballot that would extend beyond maintenance and operations needs of Proposition 1 and be financed through local property tax rates.

These funds come at a higher cost to the taxpayers than the normal bond financing and place a secondary levy for an additional two years beyond the M&O levy.

Why not do some real budgeting until the Legislature enacts EJHR 4204? I urge a no vote on Prop. 2, as it would extend to 2020 if passed.

Jan.
27th

PUYALLUP: No ‘end run’ with Proposition 2

I am very encouraged by the overwhelming support by both citizens and the news media for Puyallup School District’s Proposition 1. The only opposition I am aware of is from a man who has written at least six opposition statements against six different districts; he doesn’t live in any of them.

On the other hand, I agree with others that Proposition 2 requires more consideration. Perhaps knowing that there is a fundamental difference between a “levy” and a “bond” will clarify some issues and quell one letter writer’s accusation that the district “is attempting an end run on constitutional law”

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Jan.
21st

PUYALLUP: Support schools – and our future

The time to support our schools is overdue. We have failed to do so for the last two bond opportunities. Meanwhile, our student population continues to grow, forcing the district to rely increasingly on portables that are inefficient and more costly to maintain, requiring separate heating systems and upkeep.

With increasing student numbers we need additional teachers, not fewer, which is what will happen if the replacement levy fails again.

By passing both Puyallup’s replacement levy for educational programs and operations, and also that for school facility improvements and technology upgrades, we are not only serving our children but ourselves.

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Jan.
21st

PUYALLUP: Yes votes on levies is critical

Re: “M&O levies are critical for schools” (editorial, 1-14).

As a longtime resident of Puyallup, father of four students and current president of the Puyallup School Board of Directors, I am fully dedicated to a vibrant public school system. I am in a unique position to see the amazing work and dedication provided to our students by the teachers, support staff and administrators of the district.

I am asking each member of the Puyallup community to truly understand the importance of the Feb. 11 levy vote.

Currently, Washington state funds only a portion of what is needed to operate

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Jan.
21st

PUYALLUP: Schoolkids need voter support

I am writing in support of Puyallup School District’s Feb. 11 levies. Living in a state that doesn’t come close to fully funding education, we have an obligation to invest in our future by investing in our education system.

As a product of Puyallup Schools and now the mother of three future graduates, I want each of them to have access to the same opportunities I had.

The district’s existing operations and maintenance levy expires soon. As the current levy expires, the district stands to lose nearly one-fourth of its operating budget. I can’t imagine 25 percent more students in

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Jan.
16th

PUYALLUP: It’s time to start supporting schools

Re: “M&O levies are critical for schools” (editorial, 1-14).

As a resident and business owner in Puyallup, I have been disappointed with the lack of support some members of our community verbalize. The fact that we have not supported the last four bond measures is frustrating.

I believe that it is time for voters to finally get it right.

Support of Puyallup’s Proposition 1 requires very little consideration. With nearly a quarter of the district’s budget at stake, we must approve the basic maintenance and operations levy with a resounding “Yes.”

Support of Puyallup’s Proposition 2 requires more consideration. The

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Jan.
15th

PUYALLUP: Vote no on schools’ Prop. 2

In 2007, state legislators enacted EJHR 4204, allowing for a simple majority voter approval for passage of school district’s daily maintenance and operations levies. Much as from their own guilt to fully fund education, it was written and directed to assure that all districts be allowed the opportunity to maintain and afford local school district operations, with a lower voter approval threshold.

What was prudently excluded, and remained intact within district’s taxing authority, was the requirement that excess capital funding for major renovations and improvements for schools retain the 60 percent voter approval for passage.

Even with a cursory reading

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Jan.
13th

PUYALLUP: Let’s support crucial school levies

We, as a community, need to fully support our schools by voting yes for both levies scheduled for Feb. 11.

Puyallup School District offers a quality education, and its excellent reputation is known throughout the region. One only has to look at the local real estate ads touting “Puyallup Schools” to see what a selling point our school system is and the value it creates by being a leader in public education.

Proposition 1 is a replacement levy that will continue to support important programs, including all extracurricular activities along with the basic health, safety and security that we need

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