School levies will be needed to cover almost the entire cost of seven schools. The fees set for the developer so far are equivalent to a miniscule $3,000 per home. The cost per student for a school is over $35,000. Even worse, the developer will not have to pay this fee if the tax levies to pay for school construction are not passed by the voters.
“Growth not paying for Growth”: The developments are not planned to pay for themselves–taxes will go up to pay for utilities, schools, roads. The City’s financial analysis shows it will be in the RED indefinitely.
In neighboring Tahoma, the result of rapid growth over twenty years includes schools that now have 25% of students in portable classrooms. The district has had difficulty passing levies and bonds.
Location: Three schools are sited in the Rural Area, enabling adjacent Urban development. By definition, a Master Planned Development (MPD), which is what this is supposed to be, should contain schools, as well as other needed infrastructure, within its own boundaries.