Letter - Burden of funding schools is shared by all

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So now we’re starting to hear from the whining property owners having to pay for all the children’s educations, even when they themselves don’t have any!

Who do you think pays the property tax on rental units? Of course you’ll say it’s the landlords/property owners who pays it; they get the tax assessment and the annual bill!

Who do you think pays the landlord for the use of his property? The renter, of course! Do you believe the landlord has not factored into his rental charge such costs as the funds for replacing the roof, fixing the plumbing, replacing the heating/cooling system and the property tax?

Don Locati (who wrote earlier), like many friends and acquaintances of mine who are grandparenting age, as well of myself, do not have children in school, but we all either have grandchildren or know others who do.

All the kids deserve a good education to prepare them for a productive life, and since they cannot yet pay for it, the burden falls on we who can. Well educated children will one day be us; they will pay for their children’s educations, whether homeowners or renters.

To all you naysayers, please try not to feel like the entire burden of the cost for the new science building is on your shoulders alone; we are all in this together, and the burden will be shared by us all.

Robert L. Stevenson

Walla Walla

Comments

namvet60 8 months, 1 week ago

Is this the typical letter to bring the masses to a yes vote? I'm actually tired of the overbearing terminology being used in some of these letters. To be positive is to exude confidence but the negative approach breeds animosity.

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dereksarley 8 months, 1 week ago

So you're saying the negativity should only be allowed to flow one way, namvet? ;)

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namvet60 8 months, 1 week ago

No - not at all - but just because I have questions does not constitute that I am a whiny property tax payer. :) Trust me I know it goes both ways.

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fatherof5 8 months, 1 week ago

This letter: "All the kids deserve a good education to prepare them for a productive life, and since they cannot yet pay for it, the burden falls on we who can. Well educated children will one day be us; they will pay for their children’s educations, whether homeowners or renters."

Response: I think this sentiment reflects the values of many of us who are voting yes. Will the extra $40-$80 per year be tougher on some in WW than on others? Yes. And certainly the extra $350-$700 per year in College Place for the new HS is tough on many. But as long as the plan makes sense - and this one does - voting no on a school bond is not something many of us would consider doing due to the reasons so eloquently stated in this letter.

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barracuda 8 months, 1 week ago

Fatherof5... CP only has one bond on the books right now, correct? And we have two, correct? So, unless I have it incorrect the difference of CP and WW are not as far apart as is thought.........

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Doceo 8 months, 1 week ago

I gathered this data from a UB article published on February 18th, 2012 and the WWPS Bond Proposal. The bond to build the new College Place high school is set at $2.70 per $1,000 of assessed value. Should a super majority of voters pass the WWPS bond, the total bond rate for those paying taxes in the Walla Walla School District will be a total of $1.53 per $1,000. According to my calculations Walla Walla voters will pay $1.17 less per $1,000 compared to their neighbors in College Place. Though Walla Walla will have two bonds on the books tax payers will be paying significantly less.

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fatherof5 8 months, 1 week ago

Yes, I was just comparing the "extra" costs of the two bonds and the choices presented to each community on top of their current obligations. WW is obviously a much larger district with more schools to manage, but also has a larger tax base to spread out those costs. Edison comes off in 2018.

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namvet60 8 months, 1 week ago

No arguments but just for drill I pulled out my assessors statement for this year and this is the stats: total school taxes for the year $1171.09 which computes to $97.59 monthly in turn is $6.93/$1000.00 before any additional bonds added.

Numbers are just that - numbers.

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fatherof5 8 months ago

Here's an interesting link on the district website that shows the payoff timetable and amounts for the current Edison bond and the proposed Science Building bond. In the "Levy Rate Detail" section, it shows this new bond ranging from $ .17 - $ .23 per year while the Edison bond is still being paid at $1.29 - $1.36, and then it goes up to flat $ .40 after the Edison bond is retired. So, if I'm reading it correctly, it averages $ .30 overall but is less during the Edison bond and more after. I have no point here other than finding that to be interesting. Here's the URL: http://www.wwps.org/images/atoz/wahibond2014/DA_Davidson_Bond_Rates.pdf

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dcfarm 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Just to be clear for everyone in this list of comments. The College Place school bond not only paid for the new high school, but the remodel of our middle school, and a new Davis elementary. These are the facts of the College Place school bond and what it covered. Doug Case school board chair.

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namvet60 7 months, 3 weeks ago

Thank you - that explains quite a bit and puts a lot more into the equation between the two bonds.

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fatherof5 7 months, 3 weeks ago

It's a moot point now, but since you mentioned the comparison of the bonds, namvet, it is worth remembering that the Wa-Hi science building was 1/5 of the total project cost and 1/9 of the annual cost per household as compared to the CP bond. And even though it would not have kept the students all day, it still would have served more individual students per day (over 1,100) than all three of the CP schools combined - even once CPHS has four grades.

That is also a noteworthy part of the equation.

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namvet60 7 months, 3 weeks ago

I shouldn't but I will agree with you in that context. :) What Doug input just put a broader outlook on the bond as a whole. Thanks.

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fatherof5 7 months, 3 weeks ago

This is a good point, Doug. The new high school gets the attention, but it is really three schools that are covered by that bond. I've been guilty of ignoring that fact in my comments.

It may be that WW will also need to put multiple schools on their 2018 (?) bond, like CP did, in order to get past the "one bond at a time" mentality that doesn't work when you have multiple schools that need help.

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