As I drove into the YMCA at Gig Harbor North, I saw across the street the sign proudly proclaiming the location of the new elementary school the Peninsula School District is planning. It occurred to me that their presumptuousness has crossed the line and gone all the way to outright arrogance.
Did it ever occur to these officials that there is a large percentage of residents in this community who are just completely fed up with a government that keeps coming at us property taxpayers year after year with demands for more money? More money does not seem to be bringing us better education and better test results from our students.
This district-wide levy approach is more evidence of the officials’ disconnect from the people. Why should people in the outlying and economically distressed areas of the Key Peninsula want to vote themselves a substantial property tax increase (and it is substantial) to pay for a school their kids will never use? Other neighborhoods from Herron Island to Fox Island face the same question.
I will admit that our government leaders face real challenges. The never-ending parade of demands for schools and teachers and parks and firefighters goes on and on. The money, however, is going to run out sooner rather than later.
I live on the Key Peninsula, and I simply cannot and will not vote for another tax increase, no matter how sacred the cow may be.