Concerned about school bond cost

COURTESY TO THE BELLINGHAM HERALDAugust 22, 2013 

The Bellingham School District building and maintenance bond(s) proposal(s) going before the community in November is as large or larger than the district's annual budget. I believe it would be more palatable to the average taxpayer in Bellingham to spread these projects out with bonds being requested as one building is completed, not lumping them all together! The district has a history of changing its priorities after bonds are approved. The cost of doing these projects will impact everyone and likely more so those whom rent or lease as the real estate tax burden we all share in is at least one-third or more of your property taxes. Who will this affect the most, most likely tenants. So, if you haven't payed attention and read the district's flyer take time to read about the bonds you may vote on or if you don't take the time to vote maybe you'll pay attention to your pocketbook or not. I believe it's too much all at one time. Bonds and their costs affect you for years.

Rick Kiene

Bellingham

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