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We need to start asking questions and demanding the truth from district leaders

We have the very old saying "ask me no questions, I'll tell you no lies."

Some people feel that this would relate to the national level of politics, but that is not what I am referring to. Instead in Clackamas County we have received the 2020/21 tax bills and there is more than a 15% increase to be paid on the GO Bonds for the West Linn Wilsonville School District.

School Board members and School administrators stated that with new bonds the tax rate would never be more than $3.00 per thousand, FOREVER.

Well forever has ended as the tax rate is now $3.333 per thousand. Should a qualified School Board and Budget Committee known of this increase? Of course they should have. Page 131 of the budget (it is online Debt Service Funds): In going from $25.3 Million to $30.2 Million in one year (a 19% increase) the tax rate had to explode upward above $3.00 per thousand.

Instead the School administrators and School Board members attacked me as a liar. It appears that now I was the only one telling the truth. Lies can cause damage; the truth has to prevail in life.

Were the bonds necessary. If you were employed in the Project Department of the School District, the bond was necessary. Without the bond the department would have had no construction funds for any current construction and they would have been released from their positions. That's what happens when there is no funding left and to keep the tax rate below $3.00 per thousand.

But then is stated that FloAnalytics has forecasted an additional 1,000 plus students in the next 10 years in the district. But they are off to a bad start as the actual for 2019/20 was 342 students below their forecast.

Will anything change? Not if we start asking questions and demand the truth. Also stop the bullying practices of the School District and the School Board NOW.


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