Wait until CP-Hi up and running

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Now is not the right time for an increase in property taxes.

We, the citizens, are being asked to approve a multi-million dollar school bond to address the aging Walla Walla High School. We have already seen an increase in taxes to pay for new fire stations, a police station, two new elementary schools, road improvements and recycling.

Overall, we are paying approximately 30 percent more in local taxes over what we were paying about 15 years ago. If the Wa-Hi bond is approved, the average homeowner will pay approximately $125 more per year. When combined with other increases in payroll taxes, food, fuel, medical, etc. most households will be paying out more than $1,000 per year in comparison to last year expenses.

I know I have not seen my income increase by over $1,000 this year. So is now the time to pass an expensive school bond? I believe we should wait until the economy gets better.

In making a decision to approve or disapprove the Wa-Hi bond, we must remember that College Place is in the process of building a high school. This will greatly reduce the number of students attending Wa-Hi.

I say we should wait until College Place High School is up and running and we see an improvement in the economy.

There are too many unknown economic factors going on right now that could have a negative impact on our economy. We need to wait. Reject the requested school bond.


Robert Howard

Walla Walla

Comments

barracuda 1 year, 2 months ago

Fatherof5..... Your slowing down.....

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fatherof5 1 year, 2 months ago

You're taunting me... This was actually a respectful, rational letter. I disagree with Mr. Howard's conclusion, but I appreciate his tone. How's that?

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namvet60 1 year, 2 months ago

I thought Mr Howard's letter was right on and followed his line of thinking to a T!

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Commonsense01 1 year, 2 months ago

I agree with Mr. Howard. many state and county employees have been on manditory pay cuts the last 1-2 years while those surviving on SS are barely making ends meet. Jobs are few and far between in WW. The US Govt. just increased income tax! For persons employed FT, thats an average $700.00 per year gone... and now a school bond for an outrageous amount for more wants than needs. The bond needs to be realistic to get my aprooval, right now its outrageous. The quote of $125.00 yr increse is understated thats very meger compared to WW housing values, peopel are looking at $200 -$500 its not just houses its "property" Business, Commercial, Land... etc..

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