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Spokane Public Schools joins list of I-1033 opposition

At its regular meeting Oct. 14, the Spokane Public Schools Board of Directors adopted a resolution in opposition to Initiative 1033 At its regular meeting Oct. 14, the Spokane Public Schools Board of Directors adopted a resolution in opposition to Initiative 1033
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SPOKANE, Wash. - Spokane Public Schools has joined a growing list of organizations in opposition of I-1033 after the SPS Board of Directors adopted a resolution of opposition to the Initiative.

I-1033 would cap the yearly growth of state, county and city checking accounts. Revenue collected over the cap would go to property tax relief, with some exceptions. Governments could collect revenue above the cap if they ask voters for approval.

"We know that most people would like to see their taxes lowered," said School Board President Rocky Treppiedi. "This initiative would simply devastate government's ability to operate and perform vital functions ranging from public education to public safety."

The SPS resolution states, in part: 

  • The Washington State Constitution says it is the "paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children within its borders."
  • I-1033 will reduce state revenue by an estimated $5.9 billion by 2015. 
  • If K-12 education continues to be 41 percent of the state budget, the $5.9 billion reduction could translate into a $2.4 billion reduction for K-12 funding and an estimated $70 million for Spokane Public Schools through 2015. 
  • I-1033 is on the ballot in a year when the Legislature reduced funding for K-12 public schools resulting in cuts that have negatively affected local schools and students.

The SPS resolution follows a last minute flood of cash into the campaign against I-1033. Major donors included national unions for teachers and government workers, who gave $200,000 each. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates donated $100,000.

The "no" campaign now has about $2.5 million to spend in the final weeks before the November election.

Initiative sponsor Tim Eyman says opponents are simply trying to buy the election.

The Spokane City Council also voted unanimously to oppose I-1033 on October 5.

Initiative 1033 is a statewide measure that will be on the November 3, 2009, general election ballot. 

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