As of Tuesday, March 6, 2018
It isn’t just “for the kids.”
Many people have said vote “yes” on the school levy “for the kids”. While the kids may be first tier beneficiaries of a school levy, I feel it is important to appeal to the retirees and “empty nesters” in our communities. One important factor to this sector is good access to quality healthcare services. Small communities struggle to attract quality healthcare professionals. Choosing a rural lifestyle over a higher paying job is a real choice for many of these professionals. These service providers expect to find a public school that is well-supported by the community.
There are plenty of statistics published about how the school district is spending your tax dollars. If you disagree with the budget, I encourage you to get involved in the process. Get on the agenda at the school board meetings, go to the district office and ask your questions or make your suggestions, or e-mail your concerns. I have done all three of these things and have been heard. You can also get on the school board when there are openings and exercise your civic duty.
We ask premium prices for housing in Idaho County because we have industry, services, and conveniences coupled with smalltown charm and only one traffic light. One has to take a wider view of how the public school factors into the overall appeal of our community. Funding our public schools is simply maintaining a pillar that is foundationally imperative to keeping our way of life growing, vibrant and attractive. A “yes” vote benefits the whole spectrum of ages.