Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce endorses Highline School bond

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EDITOR’S NOTE: South King Media is an active member of the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce.

The Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce announced on Friday (Oct. 21) that it is endorsing Prop. 1, the Highline School Bond on the Nov. 8 ballot.

Here’s more from the chamber:

The Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce is an active member of the South Sound Chambers of Commerce Legislative Coalition. Together, with the Association of Washington Business, the Chamber advocates locally and regionally for the best interests of our business community and our members.

One of the Chamber’s 2017 legislative priorities is to support human infrastructure. The most valuable resource in the South Sound region is the people who live and work here. Our businesses and communities can only prosper with the right investments that improve the ability for people to thrive and find jobs. Finding a balanced approach to fully fund education that does not adversely impact the economy of the state or our South Sound region is paramount to the economic vitality of our region.

Therefore, the Chamber offers their support for the Highline Public Schools Prop. 1 on November 8th because it will make a long-term investment for education and workforce development by providing the space, tools and resources teachers need to do their best work as well as for the next generation of students whom we depend on for future development and economic success in our region.  The Chamber does not offer this endorsement without reservations as the increased property taxes and the subsequent potential risk to the health of our business community is concerning. However, the potential risk to the safety and health of our students and future generations of Highline residents does appear to be real and palpable if this bond were to fail.  The Chamber looks forward to continued partnership with the community and the school district to ensure that all risks and priorities are managed transparently for the benefit of all in the Highline community.

About the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce
The Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce is a non-profit business organization that has served the communities of Burien, Des Moines, Normandy Park, SeaTac and Tukwila since 1989. The mission of the Chamber is to be a leader in Southwest King County and a regional voice and resource for building business success. The Chamber focuses on business advancement in the region by helping to build and maintain a strong economic environment.

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3 Responses to “Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce endorses Highline School bond”
  1. Gregory Duff says:

    I received my ballot today in the mail. Normally I would not vote for anything that will increase my taxes as Seattle has never met a tax that it does not love. However, the Seattle Southside Chamber of Commerce has it right. We need to vote in favor of this school bond. Highline has not passed a school bond in many attempts and it is time to change that. It is not fun to tax ourselves but the consequences of not passing this bond are dire. Give our kids a chance. If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.
    My ballot will be in the drop box tonight with a YES on the Highline School Bond.

  2. Carol Sheppard says:

    Thank you Gregory Duff and the Seattle Southside Chamber for supporting this important investment in our community.
    I wonder if anyone else is embarrassed that our School Bond Proposition is the ONLY one out of the three in the Official Local Voter’s Pamphlet to have a group campaigning against it and submitting an opposition statement?
    Our neighbors in Kent and Auburn who also have bond propositions on the ballot seem to know something we don’t…that investing in education is critical to sustained growth and economic prosperity.
    I am truly disappointed that there are individuals among us who are so short-sighted as to deny the importance of investing in the future of our community. Instead I see them place massive NO signs in front of their waterfront,view and large expensive homes. I can only assume that they will float any conspiracy theory or misinformation to avoid a tax increase. I understand that their burden will be higher, but in the words of a great teacher “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked”
    We have learned a lot about our neighbors during this campaign… some of it is shameful.

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