Questioning LWSD proposed levies and bond issues | Letter

When deciding how to vote on current and future Lake Washington School District (LWSD) levies and bond issues, please remember that LWSD recommended in 2017 to lower school impact fees for multi-unit developments by a whopping 22.3 percent. If the schools are so desperate for funding, why in the world are they handing a gift to the developers of the apartment buildings being thrown up all over town?

LWSD’s argument is that they feel very few students live in apartment buildings, which I find hard to believe. Even if this were the case, why lower impact fees which were already in place and apparently no deterrent to development? It’s not like apartment developers are going to lower their rents as a result. This gift from LWSD is pure profit for them.

If LWSD can’t spread the pain of paying for their schools fairly, I suggest we vote “no” on their proposed levies and bond issues until they do.

Phil Hutchinson

Redmond

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