If passed both proposed school levies will increase the school tax by 14.2%. This is not sustainable – the increases will be with us for 4-6 years. The next tax increase to worry about are several issues being discussed in Olympia – school expenditures made under pressure of the State Supreme Court and increased sales tax to pay for a transportation package. Over the next few months I am sure other government agencies will be pressuring us for additional tax revenue. Seems to me that each proposed increase should be accompanied by an effort to reduce expenses in other programs. That’s what I will have to do – reduce other expenses to pay for what is on the agenda in tax increases. My retirement income is +1.2% and will not cover what is being proposed.