What happened in last week's Rainier School District election is unfortunate and points to the need for legislative action.
Before voters Tuesday was an $8.045 million, 21-year bond issue that would have doubled the size of Rainier Primary School, upgraded the middle school, added technology at the elementary, middle and high schools, purchased land for a new school and constructed a new building for the Future Farmers of America. When the votes were counted, 56 percent of the voters agreed to increase their property taxes.
If a presidential candidate got 56 percent of the vote, we would call it a landslide election. But
56 percent is not enough to pass the Rainier School District bond measure. Under the state constitution it takes a 60 percent supermajority to pass school levies and bonds. That's not right or fair.
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Lawmakers must pass separate resolutions to lower the levy and bond threshold to a simple majority vote. Passage of the resolutions would allow voters to decide between a simple majority and supermajority at the November election.