Editorial: Do the right thing in Sisters

Published Mar 6, 2013 at 04:00AM

The deadline is fast approaching for Sisters School District taxpayers who want to do the right thing.

The right thing in this case is, first and foremost, to vote. If half of eligible voters don’t cast ballots, the school levy will fail even if it gets more yes votes than no votes.

The second part is to vote yes to continue the local option levy supporting Sisters schools. Even with the levy (75 cents per $1,000 assessed value), Sisters district voters still pay a lower rate for their schools than surrounding districts. Also, approving the levy won’t increase taxes, because it’s the same rate residents are already paying.

Deschutes County Clerk Nancy Blankenship recommends today as the last day to use snail mail to deliver your ballot to her office. After that, there are two drop sites that will accept votes until 8 p.m. on Election Day Tuesday: Sisters City Hall, at 530 E. Cascade Ave. in Sisters and the Deschutes Service Building, at 1300 N.W. Wall St. in Bend.

A few other things to remember: Sign your ballot envelope. Otherwise it won’t be counted. And if you didn’t get a ballot, head into the Deschutes County Clerk’s Office to get one.

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