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Letters show support for renewal of TTSD local option levy, Jason Snider for mayor and need to fix school funding.

THE TIMES - Letters to the editor

Tigard-Tualatin deserves

'yes' on renewed levy

Our Tigard-Tualatin School District is considered as one of the strongest in the state. Our local option levy, which has been in effect for 18 years, is one of the reasons. It provides funding for nearly 100 teaching positions, helping to reduce class size and continue programs. Ballot Measure 34-285 will continue this funding; it is not a new tax, merely a continuation of the current levy.

Productive families are attracted by good schools, as are businesses who want a stable, educated work force. It is of real benefit to our community. Having worked for 13 years with the district's financial management team as a member of the District Budget Committee, and having participated in the development of a long-range strategic financial plan, and having had many years of senior corporate management responsibilities, I can state unequivocally that our district's money is well managed. Passage of this levy is critical to the continuation of our school's successes.

Please join me in voting "yes" for Ballot Measure 34-285.

Jerry Larsen

King City

Jason Snider is right

for mayor of Tigard

With hyper-partisan gridlock plaguing our national politics and nothing getting done in Washington, D.C., we need effective leadership locally to deliver for our community. That's why I'm voting for Jason Snider for mayor of Tigard.

As City Council president, Jason has the experience and relationships to ensure that the City of Tigard keeps moving in the right direction. As a parent and member of this community, I know I can count on Jason to prioritize the issues that are important to me and my family: public safety, affordable housing and addressing mind-numbing traffic. Not only does he understand the issues, but he has the experience to deliver real solutions, and he has already been working on our behalf, as our city councilor, to ensure our issues get prioritized.

There are plenty of issues that need to be addressed, but only one candidate bringing solutions. That's why on Nov. 6, I'll be joining community leaders across Tigard in voting for Jason Snider.

The stakes for the City of Tigard are too high to forget about the race for mayor, so I ask you to join me in casting your ballot for a proven leader and the best choice for mayor: Jason Snider.

Chris Middaugh

Tigard

Governor race focuses

on needs of schools

The recent focus by gubernatorial candidates Knute Buehler and Kate Brown on investing in public schools has been a breath of fresh air. As a member of the Tigard-Tualatin School Board, I know too well how rising costs and our broken revenue reform system have put the squeeze on Oregon schools and students over the past decade.

I hope that the winning candidate will work closely with our Legislature to fix school funding and work on controlling costs and increasing accountability. Our students deserve nothing less.

Maureen Wolf

Vice Chair, Tigard-Tualatin

School Board

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