We received the glossy flyer from the Ocean Beach School District a few days before the special election ballot came in the mail. The flyer tells us “No new taxes!”
The flyer and several letters to the editor in the Jan. 29 Chinook Observer claim this is not a new tax and that our taxes will not go up. However, the flyer indicates for the Replacement Tech Levy Rate Funds, the rate for every $1,000 of assessed value would be $0.29 in 2020 and then increase to $0.30 in 2021-23. That looks like an increase to me. The official ballot, though, shows the rates are for 2021-24. So, either the OBSD or the official ballot is wrong. This doesn’t make me very confident in the way our taxes are handled.
For 2020 my family’s property tax bill includes $1,637.75 for the school district, which is quite an increase from the $1,028.63 we paid in 2017. Of course, we are now paying for the more than 21% pay raise OBSD teachers received last year. According to the 2019-20 OBSD Fiscal Report, found at the Washington Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction website, these are the teachers that make an average of $69,747, with the most tenured teachers making $88,777.
The community should know only 33.2% of students met grade level standards in math, only 38.3% met the standards in science, and 49.5% met the English standards. OBSD accomplishes this by spending $14,878 per student. I don’t know about you, but I would rather vote “No” and see my taxes reduced, in our case by $459.25, and spend my money on something else.