Tuesday is an important one for many South Sound school districts. They need voters to either get to the polls or remember to turn in their absentee ballots and support continuation of important maintenance and operation levies.
Those levies aren’t about frills. Although the state supposedly funds basic education – and a King County judge disputes that – school districts would have a hard time educating students and complying with state and federal mandates without levy money. In fact, levies fund about 20 percent of districts’ budgets. Without it, schools would have to cut down to the barest of bones. They could lose teachers, school nurses, counselors, bus routes, special education, classroom supplies and extracurricular activities like music, art, drama and sports.
I don’t know about you, but I had all those things when I was going to school. Even though I don’t have kids, I could hardly begrudge today’s students the opportunities I was given. It may be a cliché, but they are the future – and I want them as educated as they can be.
The Tacoma and Clover Park districts are asking voters for capital money – likely a hard sell in these tough times, but worthy of voter support.
It’s been nine years since Tacoma voters approved a construction measure. It’s falling behind its schedule to update schools badly in need of it. And in Clover Park, voters wouldn’t be raising their tax rate by approving a $92 million measure to build and consolidate schools.