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November 7, 2016 Editorial: No taxation without transparency -- Residents want more information
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ARTICLE DESCRIPTION:

Residents of the Highline School District are being asked to vote in favor of a $299 million bond issue Tuesday.

We're hearing some grumbling from the community on this issue -- and a few of our readers have raised some challenges to the administration's claims.

These challenges warrant examination.

Let's start with the basics. The bond totaling nearly $300 million is for Phase 1 of three major sets of improvements in the district. If the bond passes, the district would build a new Glacier High School, a new Des Moines Elementary School and a new Highline High School. Some of the funds ($23 million) would be reserved for building design for Evergreen, Tyee and Pacific schools. The balance would be used for "critical needs fund," interim student housing and security and communication improvements for all schools in the district.

Also in the administration's plan book are Phases 2 and 3. Opponents claim that combined, local taxpayers would be paying nearly one billion dollars over the net four years to put these plans in place.

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