GH residents are smart enough to figure out ballot issues

Gig HarborFebruary 19, 2014 

The Gateway editorial on Feb. 12 pointed out that placing two school levy-bond proposals on the August ballot may be too complicated for voters in our area to figure out.

I strongly disagree.

I think people in Gig Harbor are just as intelligent, if not more so, than the surrounding areas.

Many Pierce County school districts had two levy or bond proposals on the special election on Feb. 11. Here are some results to ponder:

Tacoma, Puyallup, University Place, Sumner, Franklin Pierce, Deiringer and White River each had two school levy or bond issues on the ballot. They all passed.

In addition, Steilacoom, Orting, Bethel, Eatonville, Auburn and Fife each had one school levy. They all passed.

No school district was turned down by their residents.

An average household in the Gig Harbor area is paying about $830 per year for schools. Tacoma and University Place are paying about $1,700 a year, on average. They also both passed two new school levies last week.

I don’t like to pay taxes, but schools are a real investment. You will get more back in rising property values, or vice versa.

The last school levy vote in November was very close. The core of Gig Harbor voted yes. It was a couple of outlying areas that voted it down.

Are we going to let them bring down our property values again, next time around?

I think we are smarter than that.

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