I am writing this letter regarding the proposed Sunnyside School District bond that raises more than $16 million.

Normally, this would cost property taxpayers about 73 cents per $1,000 in assessed property value. However, due to a reduction to the current school levy, the real cost to taxpayers will be 34 cents per $1,000.

We all hate paying taxes. So, here is a chance to get $22.5 million in needed improvements for our school district and community for less than half than what it would normally cost.

What do we get for our 34 cents per $1,000?

SHS will soon be 400 students over its capacity, and more classrooms are needed. Educational programs at SHS have expanded (i.e. band, orchestra, choir, drama), and technical education classes are at capacity limits.

As the student population continues to grow, so does the need for space to give students a fair opportunity.

Please help the students by increasing classroom space, upgrade safety and security, improve athletic facilities, parking and other needed improvements.

If you need more information, call or stop by the Sunnyside School District office.

Remember to vote YES for the Tuesday, Feb. 12, bond election.

Mac Chambers

Retired superintendent Sunnyside School District Sunnyside

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