Hollie Sutton: Vote ‘yes’ on 3D
October 27, 2016
As board members of our secondary school's PTSO (Parent, Teacher, Student Organization), we support 3D. We feel that it is imperative that the school district gets the help that it needs to be able to provide safe and reliable transportation to those who rely on it.
Our students spend many hours on the buses not only going to and from school, but to athletics, class field trips and other school sponsored events. The students, their parents and the bus drivers should be able to have confidence that their mode of transportation is both safe and reliable.
3D would put in place an add-on of 1.25 mills to the current mill levy. As a property owner, you would see an additional $12.50 for every $100,000 of assessed property value for the next four years.
These funds would be earmarked for the school district's transportation needs only. Funds will be monitored annually to ensure they are not utilized in other ways.
The projected $500,000 that will be raised over the four years will go toward the purchase of a new fleet for the district that will potentially include two larger buses, two smaller buses and two Suburban-type vehicles.
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These will replace an aged fleet that, while well maintained, is just reaching the end of its collective useful life. Some of the vehicles have already logged over 200,000 miles with others not far behind.
Average age of the current fleet is 18 years with the oldest vehicle topping out at over 24 years.
The district has tried to resolve their financial shortfalls in-house in the past, but with significant loss of funding last year, the current condition of the transportation fleet and no funds set aside the time has come to ask the community as a whole for help through approval of 3D.
Remember that a “yes” vote on 3D means safety for our children and those who drive them.
Hollie M. Sutton
Hayden Secondary PTSO board member