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A community bargain

Many people are working on a short timeline to get signatures on petitions to put a low-cost tax measure on the ballot to support our children and their educational process. This is a widely based grass-roots effort by concerned citizens who care about the high dropout rate in our public schools.

The “cost” is 35 cents per $1,000 of assessed value per year for five years – about $70 a year on a $200,000 home, and it is money well spent to protect the value of your property. If a community does not have a credible public school system it is doomed to decline over time.

Please consider signing a petition when it is offered to you. The collateral damage of poor education is directly visible in our city’s low-income and homeless feeding programs, and on the streets of Spokane every day.

John A. Olsen


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