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  • La Conner’s unfair school funding system

    Bruce Elliot|Jan 27, 2021

    The La Conner School District is promoting a 4-year special levy to be voted upon in February. Special levies are paid for exclusively by local property taxes. In La Conner only a fractional proportion of residents actually pay property taxes, the result of peculiar demographics and highly uneven, unfair tax laws. Tribal members residing on the reservation are strongly encouraged to vote for school levies. They enjoy the benefits but have virtually no tax liability. Under federal laws, they pay no property taxes, no sales taxes, nothing....

  • Response to "levy facts" statement

    Bruce Elliot|Feb 27, 2019

    This is my response to Chairman Cladoosby’s and Superintendent Meissner’s “levy facts” statement in the Feb. 13 Weekly News. McCleary Fix: The Legislature increased the state property tax to “fully fund basic education”. It also capped the permissible levy tax rate and restricted levy monies to non-salary expenditures. Last August teachers in many school districts around the state, including La Conner, threatened to strike at the behest of their union, demanding substantial salary increases drawn on McCleary funding. Analysts and news editor...