There's a very important bond vote fast approaching for the citizens of Pasco. Currently, the Pasco School District is grossly over populated. One example; the McGee School was built to care for 500 students; currently, it houses 920 students.
This bond would build two elementary schools; the capacity would be for 750 students and one Kinder Center for 725 children.
This bond will increase taxes 34 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. If a person's home is worth $100,000 that means a tax increase of $34 per year. This is a minute amount for our children's future.
It's quite simple, if this bond does not pass the Pasco School District will be forced to have year-round school or double shifting -- most likely starting in 2014. Double shifting means children will be going to school at night. This would also be less cost effective for many reasons. Year-round schools or double shifting would create several problems in maintaining the schools we already have. This would significantly reduce their lifespan.
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This bond is needed to stay even with the current growth of Pasco.
RYAN BONNALIE, Richland