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Money generated by renewing school levy is well spent

We’ve got an election coming up — and this time the choice is simple.

No, there’s no cast of your favorite Lake Oswego personalities running for office.

There is a chance to support nearly 7,000 underage Lake Oswego residents by voting to renew — for the third time — the school levy. Since 1999, our Lake Oswego voters have said “we support education.” Hartman

The school levy provides more than 10 percent of K-12 education funding in our district. The renewal levy does not raise your tax rate. Your tax rate remains at $1.39 per thousand.

There are very few districts that compare to Lake Oswego on the West Coast. There are fewer comparable school districts in Oregon. Many of our citizens either attended school in LO or had children or grandchildren who received a Lake Oswego education. If you ask around your neighborhood, you’ll likely find out that most people know that Lake Oswego means excellent schools. We have excellent teachers, we have caring, dedicated parents and we have students who are ready, willing and able to learn. We have a community that understands the value of a good education.

As a school board member, I want you to know that your money is well spent for the students in our community. Your board takes your vote for the levy seriously. We all want a fiscally sound school district that provides the best education possible for our students. We also want what is best for our community. A strong school system builds strong neighborhoods and citizens for our community.

As a parent of a member of the class of 2014, this is my third school levy campaign. I’ve read statistics, worked with parents, attended meetings and listened to our neighbors talk about how we need to keep what’s good about Lake Oswego. People move to Lake Oswego for our schools. Schools are at the top of the list of what is good about Lake Oswego.

If you’re new to Lake Oswego, take an extra minute to register to vote when you go to get your Oregon driver’s license.

If you moved across town to a new home in Lake Oswego — you need to re-register to vote.

Maybe you moved here a couple of years ago — and forgot to register to vote. You need to register to vote no later than Oct. 15.

In Lake Oswego, every vote counts. If you have a child turning 18 by election day, pick up a voter registration form at the post office or show how tech-savvy you are and send (him or her) to oregonvotes.org. Anyone who is 18 on election day and has registered to vote can vote.

The most important thing you can do is drop your ballot at the Lake Oswego library or other approved repository by 8 p.m. on Nov. 5. Or, vote and return your ballot by mail the minute it arrives in your mailbox in October. Vote yes on Measure 3-434.

Liz Hartman, Lake Oswego, is a member of the Lake Oswego School Board.




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