Letters to the Editor

Worried about steady property tax increases

So, from the end of the 2009 school year to the end of the 2018 school year the school district has found justification for a 45 percent tax increase for just the local portion of school daily operations?

A 20 percent increase in one year alone and a built-in 3-plus percent increase over the next four?

Where is this local money coming from?

From 2009 to current, one portion of the local workforce alone had a 0 percent pay raise with no hope in sight for anything better. Leading up to that point, the local workforce endured a 70-100 percent increase in property taxes. Now, the school district wants 20 percent in one year with four more increases while the workforce sits hoping for a 1 percent pay raise.

Now, let’s talk fixed-income retirees who have property taxes with built-in annual increases. Or not. I think you get the picture.

People are not against the funding of schools, just the constant increases without proper justification. How much longer can one own a home before they are taxed out of it?

Ted Newman
Poulsbo

 

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