Should renters vote for the USD 259 bond request, since it doesn’t cost them anything? Whether or not the measure should pass is an interesting an important question. But renters should not be confused. They may not see a direct bill for school taxes, but school taxes factor into the rent they pay. Bob Weeks explains.
See also his comments on the economic impact of a tax. It’s important to not get distracted by the lure of construction jobs. Money spend by schools for construction is money that could have been used by households for college tuition, food, remodeling projects, and many other items.
Done right, primary and secondary education brings a net benefit to society. But that’s from the productivity of educated workers, not from temporary construction jobs or even permanent staff jobs.