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Vote 'yes' on schools levy, citizens group says

Consider the city's youth and the future of education when casting your ballot for the Bremerton School District 2010 levy renewal, one citizens group says.

Citizens for Good Schools has launched a campaign it hopes will convince voters to say "yes" to a levy of more than $10 million dollars, which accounts for 20.6 percent of the district's budget.

The levy, to be voted on Feb. 9, is a renewal of the one passed in 2006.

If approved, property owners would pay $2.50 per $1,000 of assessed value, with a 1 percent increase in 2012 and 2013 and a 2 percent increase in 2014.

Those numbers are on par with the 2006 levy, which had property owners paying $2.75 per $1,000.

"To ask them to pay more would be shortsighted," said Good Schools co-chairman Dave Rubie. "We're not looking to increase it or add new things to it."

Co-chair Julie Wasserburger said this year's levy would help continue the progress the district has made in recent years.

"It's a pretty critical situation right now," Wasserburger said.

School levy elections call voters to approve a collection "amount" as opposed to a "rate," according to the district's Web site, meaning increased property values don't necessarily result in increased tax amounts for the levy.

Good Schools is meeting Monday to discuss ways to ramp up the effort and plans to launch a Web site next week. Wasserburger said she's pitched the groups case to both the Bremerton School Board and the Bremerton City Council.

For additional information contact Wasserburger at (360) 373-6308 or wasser3@comcast.net.

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