Letters to the Editor

The only thing special about special levies is the waste

How much more in property taxes can you afford to pay in 2010 and 2011?

With the huge downturn in the economy, the average homeowner can afford any more increases, but the South Kitsap School District wants more. So do South Kitsap Fire and Rescue and the Kitsap Regional Library.

Can you, the homeowner, afford to pay all these agencies more tax money? If all these government agencies pass their levies, the average homeowner will be paying about $200 to $300 more more in property taxes each year.

In addition to the increase in taxes, these government agencies are running their levies at a time when they are considered special levies.

Some special levies cost taxpayers as much as six times the cost of a levy run in November. For example, the Kitsap Regional Library ran a levy in May 2007 and it cost the taxpayers $248, 849,57.

The county auditor told me that if KRL had run the levy in November it would have cost less than $50,000.

It’s time fo the people of Kitsap County to say no to special levies. Call your school districts, library and fire districts.

Tell them to stop wasting tax dollars on special levies.

ROB DAUGHERTY

Olalla

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