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Voting no on LWSD levies, bond | Letter
As a Lake Washington School District (LWSD) resident, we have always supported our schools. Our two daughters went to and graduated from Lake Washington schools. However, I am dismayed with the recently proposed increase request of a 25 percent levy rate by the LWSD. This is in addition to our overall property tax assessment that went up 14 percent in 2014 — as might most residents of our area.
Calculating the proposed increase of my local school taxes, they increase by 13 percent for 2014 and then an additional 21 percent in 2015, when most of this proposed levy takes effect. We have to seriously question the timing and wisdom of such a large increase. The cost to local residents is very real and significant considering our still struggling economy.
We fully support a more moderate increase — but why so much now? We currently pay more than $4,000 annually to our local schools and state fund for schools through our property tax assessment. How much is enough for one family!?
So, think about it and do the math — with these two proposed levies and one bond, my taxes for Lake Washington schools will go up by 36 percent from 2013-2015. How much are yours? So I must vote no.
Lake Washington School District resident