Editorials

Election points out flaws in the system

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.

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.

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