Critical Monroe School District levy to be voted on in November

Officials say everything from school nurses to mental health counselors, educators, teachers, bus drivers, even sports programs could be cut if taxes don’t successful.

MONROE, Wash – A critical lapse of revenue could take its toll on teachers and programs in the Monroe School District, but it’s facing stiff opposition.

School officials are quick to point out this is not a new tax. It is a continuation of one that has been in effect for many years. Losing it would be the first.

“If we can’t fund the classes, if we can’t fund the teachers and have enough support, that will directly affect our children,” said Monroe School Board Vice President Monroe. , says Jeremiah Campbell.

Everything from school nurses to mental health counselors, educators, teachers, border guards, bus drivers, even sports programs will be considered for cuts if levels are not met. The tax was not approved by voters on November 8, according to district officials.

This revenue represents nearly 15% of the district’s total operating budget.

“There is no part of our school budget that this revenue does not touch,” Campbell said.

The state funds basic education but does not provide for any additional activities, such as drama and music programs, or additional teachers keeping class sizes at Monroe at 19 students.

That’s where the tax money comes in.

In this case, the owner of a median-priced, $700,000 home in the Monroe School District would continue to pay approximately $1,200 a year for school programs.

However, with prices going up everywhere, making an extra $100 a month in everyone’s pocket is significant.

The parent of three, Melanie Lockhart, wondered what was more important.

“To get rid of that tax, wouldn’t it help us financially at home,” she said, “but where else do I intend to put that money more important than the education of our children? ?”

Voters decided to keep that money in their pockets when they refused to extend this very same levy last February.

Because it has failed once, state law provides that this is the last time the tax can be put to a vote.

School officials can’t remember the last time a levy was denied twice.

Campbell must admit to being very nervous.

“I am worried,” he said. “If the tax dollars don’t get through, the biggest loser isn’t the school district but the students.”

The education tax only needs a simple large portion to pass.

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Edmund DeMarche

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