10/16/2007: "Readers Support EHJR 4204"
To the Editor:
As relatively new members of this community, we are humbled by the constant support and affirmation of our excellent public schools. Having moved from a community where the public schools were not half as effective, we have an even deeper appreciation of the teachers, staff, and administration of our school district here on San Juan Island. We know that an excellent school system encourages families to live and work here on our island. We also know that our schools depend on the support of local operating and capital levies in order to continue to provide the academic and activity programs from which our children benefit. Many communities lack the support that we have here.
On November 6th, San Juan islanders will have the opportunity to show their support for public schools across our state in a special way. We can vote YES on EHJR 4202, a constitutional amendment to allow approval of school levies by a simple majority vote. Join us in supporting this sensible amendment to our state's constitution.
Jim and Cathy Cole and Family
To the Editor:
We have a wonderful opportunity to change the Washington State constitution in the up coming November 6th election. School Districts are required to pass by a supermajority ( 60% ) all operating levies. These are essential to the services of all public schools and are 17% of our district¹s operating budget. And they are always in danger of failing due to that requirement.
Here in San Juan County we should be proud that we are blessed with great support for our levies even beyond the required 60%. But in other communities they are not as fortunate. As voters we approve levies for jails, hospitals, parks and other tax facilities with a simple majority vote (50%+1). But we can¹t do the same for our schools. This amendment EHJR 4204 will correct this inequity by amending the constitution to provide for a simple majority of voters (50%+1) to approve local school district levies.
Lets level the playing field for all Washington children to have an equal opportunity for the essentials that these levies provide. Please support this amendment EHJR 4204, Simple Majority for Our Local Schools, and vote YES on your November 6th ballot.