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A give-me-all-you-can levy

If you live in the Cheney School District you may want to read this (“Cheney school board candidates representing Airway Heights tout elected experience, say district needs more schools,” Sept. 26). Cheney Public Schools are asking for a $4.2 million property tax levy on the November ballot. This is a full-blown give-me-all-you-can levy for a new elementary school, a new transportation hub and technology upgrades. The school district is looking at the impact of the next 10 years of projected population growth.

I raised two kids and supported levies for 14 years while they were in school. Been there done that, and now I’m on a fixed income. My property taxes went up $100 this year and Prop. 1 would raise them $300 a year more. (The house is) the value of the average house in this area. Their “significant boost” would be a significant blast to many people’s income.

The population growth is being caused by large companies like Amazon, and other companies that want to get their foot in the door and get established and then largely expand later. These companies, their investors and shareholders should be responsible for our communities infrastructure upgrades and necessities now and into the future.

Also what kind of tax deal are the huge apartment complexes getting from our county commissioners? They should also pay their fair share. Have the commissioners become deaf to the grassroot electorate? Vote no on Prop. 1.

Jim Kotur

Medical Lake


 

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