Take a stand for our children by voting yes | Letter to the editor

Posted 1/21/22

There are many things that seem to be out of our control right now — COVID, national politics, Putin, that ridiculous yapping dog down the street. 

But one thing completely within our …

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Take a stand for our children by voting yes | Letter to the editor

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There are many things that seem to be out of our control right now — COVID, national politics, Putin, that ridiculous yapping dog down the street. 

But one thing completely within our control is the support we offer the young people who attend Port Townsend schools. 

Now more than ever they need to know the community will do all it can to give them the best educational tools and programs possible. Your vote for schools on the two replacement levies by Feb. 8 will have twin impacts. It will show children that adults are investing in their future. And it will provide the “boots on the ground” to make it so. 

Renewing these two levies before they expire should be easy for everyone. The tax rate per $1,000 of assessed value, taken as a total between the two measures, actually falls over the next three years from $1.55 today to $1.24 in 2025. 

Why two measures? One is for educational programs and extra-curricular activities and the other is for technology, energy efficiency and facilities. 

Port Townsend voters have consistently shown their support for our young people. Please join me in taking a stand for them again by voting YES for both measures by Feb. 8.

Scott Wilson
PORT TOWNSEND

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  • Mike Loriz

    Scott- In the past, I have always voted in favor of school levies, including the one several years ago for the construction of the new school.

    However, as I recall, that original construction levy included funds for solar panels. Why are we being asked to pay for them twice? Why were the panels not installed during construction, as we were promised?

    In addition, we have an unprecedented period of inflation and unaffordable housing. We have to do a better job of leading effectively. I voted against both levies.

    Saturday, January 22 Report this

  • TomT

    VOTE NO!

    The Salish Cost school should have been no more than $30 million. Instead, due to the incompetence and failures of judgement on the part of the school district administration -- at all levels, up to and including the Board -- the thing cost more than $40 million and even then didn't include important things like solar panels and adequate soundproofing.

    Instead, they "value engineered" and put on a roof that will now have to be completely redone to allow solar panels to be installed.

    Solar panels will do nothing to reduce greenhouse gasses because our BPA electricity is already 98 percent "green". Put money into buying electric buses that will actually do some good.

    The levy also proposes to pour more money into the old high school building. WRONG.

    It needs to be replaced with a new building that will be centrally located and will serve a combined Chima*** / PT program.

    Friday, January 28 Report this