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Volunteers sought to write “against” statement on Puyallup schools measure

Post by Steve Maynard / The News Tribune on Dec. 26, 2012 at 3:25 pm with 1 Comment »
December 26, 2012 4:31 pm

The Pierce County Auditor’s Office is seeking up to three volunteers to prepare an “against” voters’ pamphlet statement on the Puyallup School’s District bond measure.

The district will ask voters in February for $279.6 million to help fund projects that include a new elementary school and more space at three traditional high schools.

The Puyallup School Board did not appoint a committee to prepare an “against” statement for the local voters’ pamphlet. State law requires the county auditor to make an effort to appoint up to three members to form an Against Committee. That panel would produce the “against” statement for the voters’ pamphlet. The school board did appoint one member to a For Committee.

Committee members’ names and their contact phone numbers will be printed in the local voters’ pamphlet for the Feb. 12 election. Those interested in writing the “against” statement must email their name, email address and phone number to pcvoterpamphet@co.pierce.wa.us no later than Saturday. Appointments are made on a first-come, first-serve basis.

More information is available in the Election Guide for Jurisdictions.

Here’s the news release from the Auditor’s Office:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Dec. 26, 2012

Auditor seeks volunteers to write “against” statement for Puyallup schools measure

The Puyallup School District No. 3 has placed a $279.6 million General Obligation Bond on the Feb. 12, 2013 Special Election ballot for capital improvements and construction. Read the Resolution and ballot title.

The Puyallup School District No. 3 has not appointed committee members to prepare an “Against” statements for the local voters’ pamphlet. RCW 29A.32.280 requires the County Auditor to make an effort to appoint up to three members to form an Against Committee.

Committee members’ names will be printed in the local voters’ pamphlet, as well as a contact phone number. You can’t participate anonymously.

Responsibilities:

Deadlines
• Email information deadline – Dec. 29, 2012
• Statement deadline – Dec. 31, 2012

If you are appointed to the “Against” committee you agree to:

• Read and understand the obligations laid out in the Elections Guide for Jurisdictions.
• Pledge to work cooperatively with other members of the group.
• Have ready access to email.

The Elections Guide must be reviewed. It contains critical information about:

• Committee appointments and participation
• Length and specific instructions for statements and rebuttals
• Important deadlines

If you agree to the above:

• Email your name, email address, and phone number to: pcvoterpamphlet@co.pierce.wa.us.
• You must send your email no later than Dec. 29, 2012.
• Appointments are made on a “first come, first served” basis.
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