I am writing to encourage my fellow property owners in the Sunnyside School District to pay careful attention to the upcoming levy vote. The levy is a replacement of an existing levy and will reduce our property tax expense if passed, and increase our expense if voted down.

I realize that many of you are not happy with the removal of the super-majority requirement, but please take the time to read about this levy and make sure you are voting based on an informed decision.

In short, at this time we pay a rate equal to $1.34 per assessed $1,000 of value. If the replacement levy is passed we will pay a rate of $1.20 per $1,000. If the replacement levy fails the rate will go up to $1.70, and the school district will lose more than $4 million of state equalization funds and have to make dramatic cuts in student programs.

This truly is a WIN-WIN proposition. The local taxpayers get a reduction in property tax costs and our school district gets to continue maximizing state equalization dollars.

Pease vote "Yes."

/s/ Jeff Barrom, Sunnyside

Nuestra Casa volunteers lauded

This past Saturday evening Nuestra Casa celebrated its fifth anniversary at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church with a dinner party to thank our donors, volunteers and collaborators. I want to publicly thank the women who serve on our development committee for organizing such a wonderful event. Thanks to Rachel Carrera, Dorris Kresse, Cathy Mears, Deb Stearns, Brenda Veiga and Sue Wedam for all of their work in planning, seeking donations and door prizes and for the dinner event, itself.

A special thanks also to Mark and Sarah Cook of Morris Floral for the beautiful table decorations.

A wonderful surprise for the event was the arrival of a musical group from Sunnyside High School, organized by Miguel Lugo. The group played and sang some traditional songs as a "thank you" from Nuestra Casa participants. Thanks to all of the high school students and their parents who accompanied them.

/s/ Sister Mary Rita Rohde, Nuestra Casa Director, Sunnyside


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