Taxpayers don’t ‘deserve’ higher rates


In all of the letters regarding the school bond, to my knowledge, only a few were from students. It has occurred to me through this bond issue discussion that students are not given credit for being resilient, flexible and adaptable to changes. And those traits are life experience necessities. Perhaps far more important than perfect surroundings.

The focus is, or should be, on learning, earning good grades and graduating. Life doesn’t always serve up perfect conditions on demand.

I think, and hope, that students value having enough food to eat, a decent home to live in and supportive parents and friends.

And letters to the paper that say the students deserve better could be true, but having taxpayers shovel over money they don’t have isn’t deserved either.

The economy is bad, taxes are going up, and it’s reflected in paychecks. Medical insurance payments are rising steadily, the sanitation bill from the city continues to increase and so do property taxes.

Pacific Power wants another rate increase of almost $16 a month for the average residential customer.

I would like to know what percentage of the school levy goes to actual maintenance. If regular and routine inspections of equipment were ongoing, maybe some of the breakdowns wouldn’t happen. That is provided the maintenance crews have money from the levy to keep things in good repair.

Electrical outlets — wire some more in where needed. Air conditioners — install wall units where needed. Science room — install more sinks, etc.

None of this can be paid for out of the maintenance levy? What’s wrong with this picture? Could it be that maintenance funds are being diverted elsewhere?

Why not change the hours/months of school operation to be a better fit for the climate conditions? It seems to me that a lot of common sense is lacking, and I think it would be nice if the Walla Walla School Board got off its entitlement mentality and joined the rest of us in the real world.

Lee Johnson

Walla Walla



Iopine says...

Great letter - I have noticed all of the must have and want want want are all affiliated with the school in some source. If this bond goes through it will bring the property tax rate to 30%. Isn't that just fascinating?

Posted 8 February 2013, 6:03 p.m. Suggest removal

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