Just one thing left to do — vote
For months volunteers from throughout our community have been working towards a common goal: the renewal of our school levy.
Lake Oswego citizens have been vocal in their support of schools these past several months. Many of us moved here because of our schools and have a genuine appreciation for the role they play in keeping our city vibrant. We are invested in preserving our quality schools because they reflect a shared community value.
Earlier this year, a few other Oregon school districts passed or renewed local option school levies. In Beaverton, 57 percent of voters approved their school levy. In Sisters, a full 79 percent of voters approved renewal of their local option school levy. What kind of support will we have when our votes are counted?
In 2004 our levy passed with just 53 percent of the vote. In 2008 it was 57 percent. These numbers are just too close for comfort when you consider the drastic cuts we will face in our schools if the levy fails. We cannot be fooled by the strong support shown for the schools. That support will not be meaningful if we do not turn out the vote. Complacency is our greatest enemy in this special election. Do not be among those that believe it is going to pass with or without your vote.
Make your vote count, because we will only pass this if we all follow through with turning in our ballots. Remind your friends and neighbors to vote too.
Lets send a message that Lake Oswego supports education through our actions. Friday is the last day to mail your ballot. You can turn your ballot in at the Lake Oswego Public Library drop box by 8 p.m. on Tuesday.
Audrey Monroe, Lake Oswego, is the chairwoman of the Lake Oswego schools levy campaign.Add a comment