Letters to the Editor

LETTER | Levy funds can be misappropriated by SKSD

The article in the Jan. 18 Independent is very secretive on the part of SKSD in regard to their wants. There is no mention of this unconstitutional levy, as stated in McCleary vs. Washington, thus illegal, having a price tag of $89.8 million dollars attached to it. Additionally, the voters should be reminded this is the third time that we will be paying for the 2006 Maintenance and Operations (M&O) and the second time the 2006 M&O levy will be renewed, should it pass.

It paid for the same appropriated items as the first M&O (a second time) and the appropriated items in the first M&O are still not completed with the appropriated funds in the current M&O. In other words SKSD has directed funds off to other things a second time on the second M&O as they did with the 2006 M&O. “How many more times are voters going to fund SKSD’s imaginary projects with unknown costs? Likewise, when is SKSD going to be required to justify what $5 million dollars for total roof replacement on two schools in the 2006 M&O was used for, it was not roof replacement?”

The M&O that SKSD wants voters to fund a third time still includes the derelict projects that never were accomplished with appropriated funds on the 2006 M&O and the 2010 M&O and now has five  new projects added to it at unknown costs. With the addition of more projects the voters cost per thousand tax liability will rise still higher. SKSD is saying “trust us” and asking the voters to approve a long M&O laundry list (for the third time) that is basically appropriated for nothing specific and the funds can be mis-appropriated at will as they see fit, status quo in other words.

Larry L. Mann

Port Orchard

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