Reasons to vote no
The Everett SD (ESD) is not being honest with taxpayers and voters. They are trying to blame their budget woes on nurses of all people.
The ESD's game of having the highest paid personnel in the state on the backs of hardworking Everett area taxpayers is shameful. The ESD's excessive compensations need to be reined in. Just last year, the median ESD teacher total compensation was $160K, median district administrator compensation was $200K with the high of almost $400K. 15 of the ESD's personnel collect more in compensation than the governor!
The ESD needs to stick to the McCleary budget otherwise we are heading towards McCleary 2.0
Even if the state (state taxpayers) gave/awarded more money to teachers with higher achieving students, the ESD would not be anywhere near first place. The phony 95+% high school graduation rates don't count.
The ESD's management (administrators and board members) need to learn mathematics and financial literacy - and maybe teach it. Their so-called "cost analyses" for their levies are mathematically invalid and incorrect - underestimating these levy tax hikes that voters are facing.
The ESD needs to stop using taxpayer funds for their inaccurate, one-sided, levy campaign materials that are mailed to all households in the guise of newsletters.
There should be no tax measures on the February "special" election. Taxpayers won't receive their property tax bills for the current year until just a few weeks later. How convenient. And February is the lowest voter turnout month. Tax measures, since they affect all citizens, property owners and renters, should only be on the main, general election in November.
The ESD is not being honest with the public about their per pupil expenditures (PPE). They are leaving off capital expenditures and interest on debt. When those are included, their excessive spending (mostly on themselves) is at $18K per pupil per year. That is more than tuition and books at UW! And it is more than tuition and fees at nearly all private schools.
We are still dealing with COVID. Many parents have had to leave jobs to take care of their kids and/or tutor them or home-school them. This is not the time to pile on even more financial obligations.
The ESD needs to stop taxing people out of their homes!