How can our Missoula students learn when the roof leaks? How can effective instruction take place when classrooms are overcrowded? I urge voters to vote “yes” for the four levies on the current ballot, and recognize the importance of their vote. The Building Reserve Levy is simply a “renewal” of an expiring levy, designed to ensure that our school buildings are safe and at code. These two levies, for the elementary and high school, include asbestos and lead paint removal and electrical, heating, and plumbing repairs. The General Fund Levies for elementary and high school will only compensate for the gap that the state legislature might leave. If they fully fund education, then the school district will not collect on this levy. Both are vital to the education of our Missoula children. Most importantly, vote.
Either we pay now or pay later. If we educate our children well they are significantly less likely to be an expensive burden to taxpayers in the future through the court and jail system. These students can make our future bright if we take care of them now. Please, vote “yes” on the levies.
Shannon O’Brien Dumke