I am a local schools volunteer, parent and advocate for our kids. Our children are our future: it is that simple. And our future starts with their education. On Aug. 17, Edmonds voters will be asked to approve a supplemental levy that would raise the levy lid from 24 percent to 28 percent for a four-year period, through 2014. If the levy is approved, it will add approximately $7 million to the Edmonds School District’s general fund, and would help to make up a severe budget shortfall that has resulted from inadequate state funding for K-12 public education. This measure would cost the owner of a house valued at $350,000 about $107 more a year, or $9 a month.
I know that currently we are all living in tough economic conditions, with everything from rising prices to loss of jobs. I myself have been unemployed for over a year. I will gladly vote “yes” for this levy.
I appreciate all the support we received in February, when voters passed our operations and programs levy with a record 65 percent approval rate. We are asking for your support again on Aug. 17, for the sake of our children and our future.
Parent, volunteer, President of Citizens for Schools