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Issaquah Press – 12/31/13

As we enter a new year, Issaquah School District voters have a unique investment opportunity.

On Feb. 11, the entire community will have the opportunity to vote yes on a three-part Issaquah district school-funding ballot, comprised of the following items:

  • Four-year Maintenance and Operations Levy in the following amounts: $44.5 million in 2015, $48 million in 2016, $51.5 million in 2017, and $54 million in 2018.
  • One-year Transportation Levy in the amount of $1.7 million in 2015.
  • Four-year Critical Repairs/Technology levy in the following amounts: $11.4 million in 2015, $12.05 million in 2016, nearly $13.6 million in 2017, and nearly $14.9 million in 2018.

When you consider the social and economic impact of supporting our schools, there’s no better return on investment. These dollars directly help Issaquah students and the future members of our community. Our ability to help develop creative, intelligent and productive young adults offers such a contribution to the fabric of our community that, to borrow a phrase, it’s “priceless.”

At $40 per year in per-household increase in tax basis on average, we can contribute to a school district infrastructure and technology platform that is among the best in the state. As homeowners, this investment supports our community’s reputation as being one of the best places to live and raise children.

It’s no surprise we find signs in front of new housing developments, or homes being listed, touting “in the Issaquah School District.” Whether you’re a homeowner with school-aged children or not, the resulting contribution this investment makes to the value of your home or property is clear. It’s a great investment.

For me, it’s an easy choice and decision. Please vote yes for the upcoming Issaquah School District levies.

Marc Messina

Newcastle

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