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Letters To The Editor

'Yes' vote gives youths best

chance for success

Please join me in voting YES for the replacement maintenance and operations school levy on Feb. 19.

Let me simply state the facts why you should vote yes. By voting yes, your taxes will decrease from $1.34 per $1,000 of assessed property value, to $1.20. Vote no, and your taxes will increase from $1.34 to $1.70 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

Passing the replacement maintenance and operations school levy will provide funding for safety and security, student activities, enriched academics, and curriculum and technology for our students and schools in Sunnyside.

Let's vote yes for the school levy and give Sunnyside's youth the best opportunity for success!

/s/ Rob Chambers, Assistant Principal, Washington Elementary School

'Yes' vote lowers our property taxes

As a property owner in the Sunnyside School District I urge voters to vote yes on the Sunnyside School District operations and maintenance levy. We have a unique opportunity to help our schools and save money on our property taxes.

With tax rates at their current level, property owners pay $1.34 per $1,000 of assessed value. Passage of the levy would reduce the tax to $1.20 per $1,000, while a no vote causing this levy to fail would increase the tax rate to $1.70 per $1,000.

To put this in perspective, assume you own a home assessed at $100,000. By passing this levy it would save you $500 in property taxes over the course of the four-year levy.

Sunnyside has the second lowest levy tax rate of all the school districts in Yakima County. A yes vote is a win for everyone in the district.

/s/ Gary Holwegner, Sunnyside

No reservations about voting yes on school levy

As an employee of the Sunnyside School District for 38 years, I always felt that a part of my job responsibility was to support any and all levy or bond requests set forth by the board of directors. Now that I am retired and have no affiliation with the Sunnyside school system, I find myself being much more critical and certainly more conservative in regards to where my tax dollar goes.

After reviewing this latest levy request I no longer have the reservations I initially had. No one likes to spend money and certainly property tax is a paramount concern, but what our elected officials are proposing is something our community needs and something that makes sense financially for us who pay the bills.

As most of us have heard, we now pay $1.34 per thousand dollars of assessed value. If we choose not to support this levy, this increases to $1.70 per thousand, whereas a "yes" vote would actually lower tha tfigure to $1.20 per thousand. Impressive!

I know that many are asking, just as I did, how can our district accomplish everything that they are proposing and actually reduce what we pay to support the education of the young people in this community. Please do as I did, attend an informational meeting, call any member of the YES Committee or the district office, itself. Be critical, be cynical, ask hard questions. I believe you will come away with the same feeling that I now have concerning this latest request.

Our board of directors continues to provide the leadership that gives the patrons of this community the best return for our educational dollar.

I am in full support of this levy proposal. I firmly believe that once you have all of the information and have done your homework, you too will vote YES by Feb. 18.

/s/ Juanita Gant, Sunnyside

1 - Bob Story • February 1, 2008 • 3:54 PM

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