|Bob, Lexie, and Pam|
My blogging in focused neighborhood news. school district growth, rapid urbanization, mental health and politics. Last year was a big year with four council member positions, the mayor, and three school board member seats up for grabs.
Since EvergreenHealth is a public hospital they collect taxes for community programs and capital improvements. A $325M bond measure was on the ballot last year; they didn't include the mental health clinic measure and the bond failed by ~900 votes. A second, slightly revised $325M bond failed in the August election owing to taxpayer backlash. Evergreen excels in many clinical areas, unfortunately not mental health. The new CEO - an anesthesiologist - and the newly appointed commissioners will make a difference. Currently, the Board of Commissioners is evaluating Behavioral Health Urgent Care.
The Lake Washington School District is faced with unprecedented growth, equivalent to one new elementary school a year. It's now the 2nd largest school district in Washington State. In 2018 a critical bond measure failed... attributed to accelerated State property taxes. A $120M 6-year Capital Projects Levy was on the 2019 ballot to bridge to future capital bonds. It passed!
Though only about 4% of the school budget is allocated to the Central Leadership Team and Administration their compensation is extraordinary. The new Superintendent is streamlining government to benefit our educators, classroom staff, and already tax-strapped constituents.