Invest in Mukilteo schools for less than your daily coffee | Letter

Jan 22, 2014

Editor, The Beacon:

Every day I drive down Mukilteo Boulevard and pass at least five coffee drive-thru’s with long lines. Sometimes I am in those same lines.

Maybe you’re the person addicted to a daily white chocolate mocha or vanilla spice latte. Maybe your the person who only treats yourself to a specialty coffee once or twice a week.

The fact is, a large percentage of Mukilteo residents are sitting in those lines, spending $40-$80 a month on an investment that will not yield any type of return.

Feb.11, voters in the Mukilteo School District will consider two ballot measures – Proposition No. 1 to renew an Educational Maintenance & Operations Levy that will expire the end of 2014 and Proposition No. 2 to approve a $119.5 million bond measure that would finance the construction of new school buildings and make other facility, technology and security improvements.

Mukilteo has a highly acclaimed school district which draws families to this area. An influx of families to any particular area creates a demand for housing which in turn, raises property values.

Last summer, the Everett Herald reported that property assessed values for 2013 in the Mukilteo School District increased by 8 percent and Daily Real Estate News reported last fall that homebuyers are paying $50 more per square foot for homes near top notch schools.

Great news for Mukilteo residents, however, with these benefits comes a responsibility to support our city’s infrastructure – namely our schools!

The expense to support these two propositions is a mere $20.75 per month in increased property taxes, half the amount most spend on their monthly coffee habits with a much better return on investment!

Ballots will be mailed out Jan. 23. Put your coffees down and take a moment to vote yes on propositions 1 and 2!

Jenny Eglian,

Windermere Real Estate North Inc.,

Edmonds

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