Tour schools to make informed vote
To the editor:
This past October I was asked to participate, as a community member, on the Bond Measurement Planning Committee for the Woodburn School District.
The district receives adequate money from the state and federal governments for operational costs but the funds cannot be used to repair, rebuild or essential upgrades such as HVAC units, etc. This is a fact the public does not always understand.
That is why we must vote for a bond.
The committee included our school principals presenting their buildings needs. We allocated less than two-thirds of the amount they requested. The needs of our schools far exceed the available bond dollars; the cutting decisions were tough. We were asked to adjust with these priorities: repairs, safety and no additional taxes.
Safety/Security was a new item which we had to consider after the horrible national and local events of recent years. The other pressing issue is the cost of the bond. To keep the taxes below the present bond level, the community must act now before interest rates begin to rise. One of the major goals is no additional taxes.
My committee attendance was thought out weighing the effect of the bond on myself and neighbors for my support. The Estates average home assessment rate is $80,000. The present bond costs us $16.20 a month more or less, depending on assessment. As an American, I value my civic responsibility; I do not think this is a large amount to ask.
Donation to church appreciated
To the editor:
The congregation of St. Marys Episcopal Church in Woodburn received a wonderful gift several weeks ago. Being a small parish comprised of mostly retired people and young families, stretching our budget to pay the monthly bills is a challenge. So to discover we needed to replace three of our four furnaces was overwhelming.
But there are good neighbors in our community. Wolfers Heating and Air Conditioning stepped up and made a generous donation. In less than two weeks of discovering our need we had three new furnaces keeping us warm. Wolfers offered us a generous discount and the installers donated their time. We know Wolfers has helped numerous people in the past and feel truly blessed that they and their team of installers helped us when we needed it most.
John and Anne Venner