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Jan.
16th

Even in slump, schools are a must buy

This editorial will appear in tomorrow’s print edition

Tacoma and Lakewood-area voters will find major school construction measures on their Feb. 9 ballots. Both deserve approval.

Some priorities must be funded in good times and bad, and education is one of them. Recessions come and go; a child has only one childhood in which to attend decent schools equipped with modern technology.

This isn’t a great time to ask voters to keep on paying for bricks and mortar. But in one respect, it’s the ideal time. The international economic slump has lowered the cost of just about everything connected with construction; a dollar spent now will buy more than it did a few years ago or will a few years hence. If these measures pass, the savings would be locked in place long after the economy has bounced back.

The Tacoma School District is asking for a school-improvement levy that would raise a projected total of $140,400,000 over six years. The money would replace Baker and Hunt middle schools, both more than 50 years old and showing their age. Washington Elementary would get a much-needed overhaul.
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