There will be a school bond measure on the ballot where I live in rural western Washington. If it passes, local property taxes will increase by about $600 per year for the average home in this area, about a 33% increase. In round numbers, the school board wants to spend $23,000,000 on improvements and upgrades to a high school that has 300 students. When I first read about this, in a mailing sent out by the school district last spring, I was stunned. Since then, there has not been an editorial in the local weekly newspaper. No further mailings. No campaigning. Nothing. I find that amazing.
People in Washington state vote by mail. Ballots will be mailed out in a couple of weeks and the deadline for voters to mail them back is November 4. Since voting can and does happen over a two-week period at the end of October, the time for political advertising and mailers happens about a week from now.
I happen to feel that amount of the proposed bond measure is outrageous for the size of the school. The property tax increase to pay for school improvements will last for 30 years and — who’s kidding who? — long before that bond is paid for, the school district will have need for further special funding. Because of my strong feelings, I have been giving thought to putting out my own mailing or newspaper ad to campaign against this bond measure.