Referendum 52: $500 Million for School Energy Efficiency

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by Mike Cate

KING5.com

Posted on August 1, 2010 at 7:49 AM

Updated Sunday, Aug 1 at 12:15 PM

Referendum 52 will appear on the November ballot. It raises 500 million dollars in bonds to retrofit schools and make them more energy efficient. The money would be paid out of the state's core budget -- the same budget that elected officials are strugging to balance. To help to pay for Referendum 52, the measure would also make the bottled water tax permanent. Proponents argue that making schools more energy efficient will save districts money and allow them to put more money into education instead of operating costs. Opponents say this is no time for the state to take on more debt. Tell us what you think. Will you vote to pass Referendum 52?

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