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Vote no on school levy | Letter

What if the voters do not approve the school levy? What would be the bank’s reaction to that?  Do you think the bank would make another loan to the school district without voter approval? They probably wouldn’t. Wait, you say, “What’s this about another loan?”

The school asked for $35,000,000 and borrowed on $900,000.  Did you really think they were done?  They never said they were and because they are refusing to maintain the middle school buildings I’d say it is a safe bet they still plan on replacing them as soon as they get the chance, unless they can’t get the loan.

I attended a school board meeting where they discussed knocking down the buildings without voter approval and then daring the public not to approve whatever they ask to replace them. Of course, if they’re pre-approved at the bank they don’t need your approval anyway. If you vote yes for this proposal you will have shown the bank that you will back the school district no matter what and that you will fall in line later just like this situation we have now.

If we approve this levy now we are telling the bank to loan our school district any amount in the future and we will stand behind it. Is that what you want? It’s like a blank check for the school district. Next time they will just write in any amount they want.  If we say no to this levy what will happen?  Will the school go into foreclosure? No, but will the bank make another loan to the school district? No, I don’t think they would.

So my recommendation is to turn down this levy every time it comes up until we have a chance to pass a bond on the full amount the school district needs to repair the buildings and catch up on deferred maintenance. Do not give the school district a blank check to spend as much as they like.

For more information go to: thecartelmovie.com.  This excellent documentary is playing on HULU and shows some problems our school may be having.

Chris Butler

Eastsound

 

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