I am writing this letter to encourage all Hermiston School District voters to vote yes for the school bond measure on the upcoming election. No one wants to pay more in property taxes but when the facts dictate that we must, we cannot ignore them. Four of the five elementary schools in the district are capped due to enrollment. One of the two district middle schools has significant structural deficiencies. Hermiston's population continues to rise each year and is projected to continue to do so for the foreseeable future.

We must take action to ensure the children who attend school in Hermiston have adequate and safe facilities in which to learn.

The Hermiston School District plans to replace the three oldest schools in the district, Armand Larive Middle School, Sunset Elementary School, and West Park Elementary School, with three new schools. These new schools will increase the school capacity by over 500 students.

The cost of the bond measure is about $1.40 per $1000 of assessed home value. This equates to about $140 dollars a year for a home valued at $100,000 and would be in effect for approximately 20 years. If we do not pass this bond the problem will only increase in cost and complexity in the future.

We need to approve his bond now or it will cost us more later, not to mention the impact to the current children attending the overcrowded and inadequate schools now.

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