As chairman of the Clover Park Citizens Committee for Schools, I urge voters to approve the district’s four-year levy proposal on Feb. 9.
Opponents of the Clover Park School District levy, who do not reside in the district, suggest the district should just run a two-year levy and hope the state Legislature works out the school funding mechanism quickly. This is a monumental task for the Legislature.
If implementation of the funding plan is not undertaken in 2018, the local community will be burdened with another expensive and time-consuming levy campaign. A four-year levy ensures we have secured adequate funding and time for the state to work out the details.
State legislators will develop a transition plan when they act to fully fund basic education. All Washington school districts will transition to the new funding system, so we will not be taxing our constituents twice.