Letters to the Editor

Letters from Jan. 14

School levy

Please vote yes

Central Kitsap School District voters are being asked to approve a maintenance and operations levy on Feb. 7. This is not a new levy; it is not a new tax. This levy will replace the existing levy approved in March 2002.

Levy dollars directly impact district students and staff. These funds will not be used to build or renovate schools. This is a school support levy in that the money collected will support items such as teaching positions, learning specialists, classroom supplies, textbooks, co-curricular activities, technology needs, transportation needs not funded by the state, and gifted education.

Local levy support enables the receipt of state equalization money and Federal heavy impact aid. Without a voter-approved local levy, these funding sources vanish. The district will lose 23 percent of its budget.

In order to generate $12.6 million beginning in 2007, the replacement levy projects a rate of $2.20 per $1,000 of assessed valuation on homes and property located in the school district. It is important to note that when assessed valuation increases and new homes are added to the tax roles, levy “rates” actually decrease.

Please vote yes on Feb. 7. Kids matter!








Change is inevitable

Change is inevitable — growth optional. Undoubtedly in the past century, residents and transplants expressed skepticism and opposition at times of major change to our community. In 1891 Sinclair Inlet swampland later became Puget Sound Navy Base; in 1918 City General later became Harrison Medical Center; in 1930 the Manette Bridge changed the need for the Mosquito Fleet; in 1946 Olympic College began classes; in 1977 the pristine Hood Canal welcomed Bangor; and in the ’80s the Kitsap Mall consumed pastureland. The good ol’ days. K-Mart was the end of the road on Wheaton Way, phone numbers began with MY2 and the main highway north was Viking Way.

International Speedway Corporation has invited new change. Before finalizing opinions, suspend your disbeliefs and get acquainted with factual information. ISC will be asking legislators to support efforts to allow for sales tax bonds to the additional $166 million (an investment opportunity, not give-away or borrowed money.) Conservative fiscal analysis of this opportunity projects millions of dollars returning to local and state revenues. Urging your legislators and elected officials to support such action will allow continued conversation at a local level.

The duplication of the Norwegian fjords attracted my family to this area. I like the good ol’ days, too. Progress brings change. Without change, we would not have the above. Be involved, be educated, shape that change.



Problems on horizon

I would like to offer some things I have learned about a problem which is soon to come to the people of Kitsap County. This is the proposal to bring a large automobile racing track here.

For one thing, there is a plan to get from our state government a large loan to allow the building of the track, to be paid for as time goes on with money from entrance fees. This loan would take a substantial amount of money out of the state treasury. There would be less for expenses for schools and roadwork until the amount came back.

Another difficulty I see is that the land on which the track would be built would occupy about one-fourth of the area set apart by Kitsap County for an industrial park. This track would be a long-lasting installation and could prevent activities which could produce goods, services and income.

I hear that there would be 200,000 fans coming to see the races and I wonder how much crowding would result on our ferries and streets. I think the Nascar people should search for a place which is accessible to a freeway.

Another opposition of mine is that a great deal of gasoline used for racing contains lead which would be spewed out into our atmosphere.

Kitsap County has served me and my family well, and it is a wonderful place to live. I hope we can keep it this way.



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