Letters to the Editor

Questions for district’s business manager

I received an e-mail notice for a public forum about the school bond proposal on April 17. It said if you have questions please forward them to Superintendent Kelly Shea. Below are the questions I have forwarded and I think the entire community deserves answered.

I have two questions. The first is more for business manager Brian Lewis and the district finance staff. In my 15 years in Sequim, I have never seen any inclusion of maintenance priorities included in annual budget proposals. Further, during campaigns for M&O levy renewal it took the district three election cycles before it was communicated to parents that we were voting on a replacement levy and once that was communicated there has never been explanations of maintenance to be funded just program cut threats without levy replacement.

I would like to know how the budgeting apparatus under Mr. Lewis can justify support of a bond issue under his management in light these budgeting and communications failures.

My second question regards the $154 million single issue bond issue. This bond amount and the resulting tripling of property tax levy is excessive and I am having hard time supporting it.

If this proposal fails, will the district come back with a multi-year, multiple issue bond proposal to spread these capital improvements out mitigating levy impact on property taxes?

Karl Wood

Sequim

 

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