The Northshore School District votes next week raise some questions.
1. How many people understand how much their real estate tax is going up as a consequence of the state’s “fully funding” education?
2. How much more they will have to pay in taxes to stay in their home with the passage of this three-pronged levy?
4. How many remember when some decades back, a levy failed and school districts had to immediately re-file their “needs” but this time made sure that a realistic assessment was made of how much money was needed?
5. How many believe the district’s stating that there is no increase built into the levy, after years of large increases?
6. The superintendent declared to the Seattle Times, “We don’t believe the state will fully fund basic education.” Believe? And is there anyone anywhere who has defined “fully fund?”
Finally, districts have little need to be responsibly diligent in making up a budget when over the years it can almost count on passage.