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Levy: Don’t nitpick necessary levy

Are Oak Harbor voters being tricked by a Maintenance and Operations (M&O) levy if the money isn’t targeted for school maintenance?

Not at all. In fact, the state requires issues like ours to be called M&O levies to distinguish them from bond and capital improvement elections.  School districts throughout the state use M&O levies to fund a very broad range of programs. It is therefore not only appropriate, but also mandatory, that the upcoming levy be labeled an M&O.

Come on, community. Let’s not be nitpickers, and use a name as an excuse for shortchanging our kids. The March 8 school levy renewal is absolutely necessary for the welfare of our students and community at large. Please, let’s rally together and pass this one with flying colors.

Alesa Lightbourne, Ph.D.

Oak Harbor

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