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.