Re: “Majority enough for school bond elections?” (TNT, 2-15).
Washington voters have affirmed the two-thirds vote requirement for tax increases five times during the past 20 years. School bonds only require a 60 percent voter approval before the burden of new taxes is levied on the backs of property owners. This voter approval threshold is the only protection property owners have to restrain the temptation of new taxes by school districts.
Only 1 in 10 houses sold in Pierce County in 2013 was bought by individual homeowners. With the majority of the remaining homes being bought by major private investment firms to become …