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YES vote

This past week I have watched with great interest the articles in the media acknowledging the great achievements of the Sunnyside School District board of directors. It is no small matter to be recognized by your peers as an aggressive, progressive, effective group who work so well together to bring quality education to the young people of this community.

Providing sound fiscal management while maintaining premium educational programs is a huge and challenging task.

To that end our community is being asked to, again, support an $11.4 million bond to support the modernization of a number of our schools. Times being what they are, a first thought by many would naturally be, "more taxes in this economy?" Initially, to be honest, I had similar thoughts until I read the entire proposal and realized that 1) there will be a $34 million match from the state, 2) this project will generate some $530,000 in sales tax to the city of Sunnyside, 3) the current high school was built for a capacity of some 1,100 students and currently houses approximately 1,530 kids and finally, 4) this replacement bond will not increase what we are now currently paying.

The tax collected will remain at $1.26 per thousand of assessed property value. Result...a lot of money and jobs coming into this community without a tax increase to you and me.

Couple that with the fact that because of this sound leadership Sunnyside has the second lowest county tax rate of all of the 15 school districts, I find it extremely difficult to find any negatives in this proposal.

Please join me in voting YES on our upcoming school bond on March 10.

/s/ Bill Gant, Sunnyside

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