2008-01-26 / Editorials & Letters

Writer urges voters to support Liberty Union levy

Editor:

On March 4th, Liberty Union-Thurston School District residents will be asked to support a levy to complete necessary projects. Some are asking why a new levy is needed when one was passed in 2002.

The school district joined a program to lock in state support at 60% of construction costs. The district was in need of a new middle school, but our funds were insufficient for that project. Instead, necessary renovations were made to the elementary. Through no fault of the district, LU-T was repeatedly pushed down the state's funding list. Due to the delay, construction costs grew. With this increase and the state's inaccurate cost analysis for upgrades, project costs have risen. In layman's terms, the pie got bigger making our share larger; thus the need for this levy.

The state has now committed funds to the program. Because of the decisions made in 2002, LU-T is ahead of many other districts and passage of this levy will ensure we stay there. The additional millage is minimal. The additional monthly cost for the owner of a $100,000 home is $3.53; less than the cost of a value meal. Are our children less valuable than that? As an alumnus, I can attest to the value of LU-T.

I would like to end with a quote from Woody Hayes. "You can never pay back, but you can always pay forward." This is our opportunity to pay forward for our children. Please vote yes on Issue 7!

Dr. John Walter Baltimore

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