Sequim schools gets no takers for ‘con’ argument of ballot measure

SEQUIM — When ballot information for the Feb. 14 special election is available, voters in the Sequim School District likely will see an argument for passage of two school levy proposals but no arguments against.

The district seeks approval of a four-year, $26.5 million replacement Education Programs and Operations (EP&O) levy and a $5.75 million levy that would pay for upgrades to the district central kitchen and demolish the unused portion of Sequim Community School.

The district’s current EP&O levy expires at the end of 2017.

The district is required to offer “pro” and “con” arguments for both proposals and send out notices in the community in local newspapers, via its website and via Facebook accounts, district Interim Finance Director Heidi Hietpas said.

Citizens for Sequim Schools, the grass-roots organization dedicated to promoting school levy and bond proposals and other Sequim School District projects, offered to write “pro” arguments for both levies.

The district did not receive any offers for the “con” side, Hietpas said, so a notice indicating no community members expressed an interest in forming an opposing argument will be offered to voters.

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Olympic Peninsula News Group consists of Sound Publishing newspapers Peninsula Daily News, Sequim Gazette and Forks Forum.

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