On February 11, Everett School District voters will be asked to vote on both a bond and a levy. The bond will be the biggest ever requested by the district to the tune of a QUARTER OF A BILLION DOLLARS. The levy, despite increased funding from the McCleary Decision which mandates full funding of education in the state by 2017, is still at the maximum allowable level by law for the full term of the levy (through the 2018-2019 school year)
Since the district traditionally asks voters in February rather than during the August primary, they can get away without providing any opposing views to the vote (thanks to the absence of a county voter's pamphlet) and can, therefore, blanket voters with emotional pleas and platitudes about the necessity of the money and that it's "for the kids".
Voters, traditionally not wanting to be labeled as "anti-education" or, worse, "anti-teacher", blindly say "yes" to avert the public financial disaster they fear will happen (it won't).
So, naturally, the information you get from the school district (the one benefiting from your YES vote) is going to be very shallow and thin and full of feel-good messages and phone calls from your local PTA mom.
We decided to appoint ourselves to provide deeper information through our website www.voteforeverettschools.com. Our message is not to just blindly vote "No". We ask you to vote INFORMED. You need to know what's been happening with YOUR money the last few years. You need to know where the district's priorities are. As the saying goes, you find out what someone's priorities are when you look at their checkbook. You need to decide if your money is being spent in the manner you think it should.
Please go to our site at www.voteforeverettschools.com and READ. After reading through, you may decide that you still want to give the district your tax dollars - and that's okay. But, your vote should be one based on information and not platitudes.
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