I am disheartened by the outcome of the Peninsula School District’s capital levy vote.
For those of you who sincerely cannot afford to add even one more dollar to your monthly budget line, I respect your no vote. But for the no campaign, which misled voters and offered not a single viable alternative, for more than 60 percent of registered voters of parents who have children at schools who will be negatively impacted, I am disappointed.
People neglected to turn in ballots, and there are others in the community who don’t seem to grasp the correlation between high-quality school districts, safer neighborhoods and higher real estate values.
I simply can’t understand how such an incremental increase in tax dollars, while maintaining the lowest school-tax rate in Pierce County, was considered unacceptable in consideration for what it would have provided.
I applaud the volunteers who contributed time to educate voters on the real numbers and true value and need of the levy. I extend my deepest gratitude to the handful of core volunteers, led by the indefatigable Harlan Gallinger, who spent hundreds of hours and demonstrated extraordinary fortitude to try to get this passed.
I remain hopeful that the school district can recover from this, and that Gig Harbor and the Key Peninsula remain highly desirable places to live.
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