I am a full-time real estate broker of 13 years, a parent of three, a homeowner and a fourth-generation Gig Harbor resident.
Living and selling properties here, I’ve found you learn a lot about people, their dreams and their realities. I’ve sold many homes to people who are either new to the area and are seeking great schools, or those who have returned because they want their kids to grow up in this community with strong schools and community involvement.
In recent years, I’ve seen several families second-guess the excellent test scores they find online when they visit the school grounds and learn of the overcapacity issues we are facing with all of our growth.
The next best school district homebuyers are comparing us to is University Place, where property taxes are $17.20 per $1,000 of assessed value, of which $7.47 goes to schools. Peninsula’s is currently $12.43 per $1,000, of which $2.75 goes to schools. The Peninsula School District’s $50 million capital levy will cost $1.39 per $1,000 of assessed value for four years.
The levy is an investment in our community and in your property values. The quality of the school district is one of the critical factors potential buyers use when they look for a home. As a real estate professional, I advise you to vote yes on Prop. 1.