Supermajority works

You can take what you like from last week’s victory at the polls of the South Kitsap School District Replacement Levy. What we take from it is that the supermajority isn’t the insurmountable obstacle some claim it is, and those who sought so fervently to reduce the standard to a simple majority were wrong.

Clearly even a district like South Kitsap, which has turned down its share of levies through the years, can be persuaded to support higher property taxes if the school district and its backers make a compelling enough case for doing so.

As Independent columnist Robert Meadows noted in the Feb. 12 issue, the SK District has devoted more time and effort during the past two successful levy campaigns to actually showing voters where their tax money goes, and the tactic has paid off in positive results.

In the end, the district gets its funding and the voters are better informed and more supportive of the process. If the cost of that victory was that school officials and their supporters had to work a little harder than they would have if the standard was 50 percent instead of 60, we can live with it.

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