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Lindsay Heidal July 22, 2014 at 10:14 PM
I'm certainly sorry to hear of your health scare. But I sent your husband a private message (notRead Morecal ling him out publicly as you have done here) after he publicly sent out his opinion to all of Gig Harbor. This is not about simply disagreeing and voting on opposing side of an issue. I strongly support the voting rights of all citizens. This is about a small number of individuals attempting to misinform voters and undermine the voice of the members of the community whose lives are greatly impacted by the results of this vote. I apologize that my passion for my own children and all the children of Gig harbor clouded my judgment in choice of messaging your husband, I will refrain from doing so again.
Sue Horton July 23, 2014 at 12:42 AM
Mrs. Monson, I'm sorry you felt personally attacked after an individual sent a private message toRead Moreyo ur husband but it could have been swept under the rug until you put it out on a public forum. The school board worked with members of the "no campaign" to reach an agreement on this bond and levy, members of the "no campaign" actually signed a statement saying they would not run a negative campaign against this issue. The school board kept the tax under a dollar as requested, ran the issue in Aug. as requested, and proposed a bond which is what was requested, yet members went back on their word and are campaigning against the issue. And by funding the postcard that came out on Monday you have helped them go against their word. You have stated on other posts that the school board is hiding something in raising the price of the bond. How about the fact that a lot of time has passed since the original proposal and it is going to cost more to build a school now. They are not hiding anything or trying to pull anything over on anyone. Our schools are in need of repair, safety issues desperately need to be addressed, there are schools bursting with students that shuffling in a re-districting will only be a temporary fix. Is this the Gig Harbor you want? One that goes back on its word while sacrificing the future and safety of our children? Not my Gig Harbor, mine is one full of responsible citizens that put the greater good of the community above the smaller issue of their own small tax increase. I will gladly vote yes twice for the safety, increase in technology, better science and math, middle and high school improvements, and KPN improvements alone, not to mention a new school in GH North and Artondale. Benefits for EVERY STUDENT, EVERY SCHOOL.
Des Jordan July 23, 2014 at 03:09 AM
Karen - You ask: "Is this what Gig Harbor is about?".... First, the fact that a privateRead Moreme ssage has been made public is definitely NOT what Gig Harbor is about. The fact that it's ok to donate funds to charitable organizations in our community, yet turn around and spend thousands of dollars AGAINST the current & future welfare of our community's children (and school staff) is definitely NOT what Gig Harbor is about. The fact that a "good caring neighbor" can go to sleep at night knowing that they went to an extreme measure, using personal funds (whether or not they are "members of the organization run by Mr Gibbs") attempting to misinform voters is DEFINITELY NOT what this community is about. Sure, stand behind your right to vote. And no one ever said we can't disagree about a bond or levy. That's fine. But Lindsay, myself, and thousands of others who truly care about the future of our children, the future of our community, were shocked and disappointed (to put it lightly) when that postcard arrived in the mail. Why would a "good community member" go to such great, costly lengths to support the NO campaign? It's a baffling, embarrassing, and very sad gesture coming from someone you say is a true supporter of our community. Lindsay's reaction WAS and IS Gig Harbor, NOT an "attack by someone who has lost perspective." The Gig Harbor I know is full of community members who put aside their political differences and tax brackets in order to put children first.
Karen Monson July 22, 2014 at 02:19 PM
I agree. I would also like to know why the plants and grasses in the medians on Burnham are allRead Moredea d and full of weeds... So are the traffic circles plantings, what happened to the landscaping?
Karen Monson July 22, 2014 at 02:20 PM
I'm so sorry you are having to go through this building chaos, I just drive through it, can'tRead Moreimagin e living next to it.
john schuller July 21, 2014 at 10:53 AM
As always, follow the money! Thanks for the research Karen. Says a lot about the motivations ofRead Moresome ... more money!
Karen Monson July 22, 2014 at 08:55 AM
You're welcome, John.
Sue Horton July 22, 2014 at 11:01 PM
The schools in that area are ALREADY OVERCROWDED! before those houses are filled. I am on theRead Morecommi ttee for redistricting the elementary schools and even if we shift all the kids south, maxing all schools to functional capacity, it is a temporary fix. 5 years at best. And besides the overcrowded schools, there are technology upgrades, safety issues and turf and field replacements for high schools not to mention the improvements to the schools on the KPN and middle school improvements too. Don't try to mislead people onto thinking only Harbor North is benefitting from this levy and bond. Every child and school will benefit.
Leslie Harbaugh July 20, 2014 at 09:58 PM
Just to clarify, currently Peninsula School District taxpayers pay about $2.83 per thousand ofRead Moreasses sed home value. For a home valued at $300K that is $849 per year for the school portion only. For a home with an assessed value of $900K the tax rate for the school portion only would be about $2,142. The higher the assessed value for your home, the higher the tax rate. If we were to add the additional $0.96 that the school district is asking for if the bond and levy pass... An additional $288/1000 of assessed home value for a home valued at $300K. That equals $62M in funding for our schools and ensures a stable tax rate for future improvements.
Karen Monson July 22, 2014 at 08:52 AM
So, bottom line, for a 300k home the total tax they pay for schools per year would be $1,137 perRead Moreyea r? You are saying a 900,000 home or land pays 3,042. Would that total payment go up higher over the following years or stay the same?
Karen Monson July 22, 2014 at 08:54 AM
So, bottom line, for a 300k home the total tax they pay for schools per year would be $1,137 perRead Moreyea r? You are saying a 900,000 home or land pays 3,042. Would that total payment go up higher over the following years or stay the same based on the propositions?
Lawrence July 10, 2014 at 11:12 PM
oops, Victoria is of course just WEST of Mt. Vernon, must have had a magnet in myRead Morepocket............ ..
Karen Monson June 18, 2014 at 10:09 AM
I agree. I don't use it, but it isn't right that this was passed by the voters of this state, then Read Morethe government, local or otherwise decides that the people are wrong and shouldn't be able to buy it. All this really means is that the people who want it will either buy it somewhere else and use it here, or that they will buy it on the street, keeping drug dealers happy. Our government is supposed to represent the people, not be their parents.
Jeni Mallory June 15, 2014 at 10:16 AM
Contact information is on the internet.
Susan Wheeler June 15, 2014 at 04:50 PM
we tried that already but nobody responded
Jeni Mallory June 15, 2014 at 08:12 PM
According to the website, download the application, and take it to a meeting along with theRead Moreapplicat ion fee. There is a list of meeting times. It is unfortunate when people don't reply.
Gig Harbor Home Management April 26, 2014 at 12:34 PM
Thanks Karen; I'm met Kimberly and yes indeed they do look similar to her beautiful dogs. I've left Read Moreher a message. Thanks!
Gig Harbor Home Management April 26, 2014 at 02:30 PM
These two sweet girls were just reunited with their owners! Thanks everyone!
Karen Monson April 30, 2014 at 09:37 AM
Julie Porter April 11, 2014 at 01:43 AM
Taz was found after 8 days!! Crazy story but he was found in Gresham Oregon! Someone took him,Read Morebu t thank goodness he still had his collar on with owners name and phone number.
Karen Monson April 11, 2014 at 11:09 AM
Great News! Thanks for letting us know.
Janet McConnell CS March 28, 2014 at 02:00 PM
I would be willing to help with clothes. Just let me know where and when. JSM
Tanya Murdock Lewis March 31, 2014 at 12:46 PM
I can also....keep this updated and I will watch it. I have a few lamps and clothing, coffeeRead Morestand. .. Tanya taniej@yahoo.com
Chris April 01, 2014 at 02:03 AM
Thank you for your response Janet and Tanya. I would like to have anything that is to be donatedRead Morefo r Oso and Darrington scheduled to be picked up by Wednesday, April 2, 2014. So that I can make arrangements for transport. You can email me at sunshineinthenw@hotmail.com. Regards, Chris
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