Voters in three school districts to decide levies

Columbia, Dayton and Pomeroy school districts all have proposals, and voting wraps up Tuesday.

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Tuesday is election day for three area school districts, and also the last day to submit ballots for the special elections.

In Walla Walla County, Columbia School District is asking voters to approve two separate four-year replacement levies. A $1.95 million levy to be collected in each year from 2012 through 2015 provides fund for maintenance and operation. Estimated cost per $1,000 assessed valuation is $3.68 in 20102 and 2013, $3.67 in 2014, and $3.66 in 2015.

A second four-year levy, seeking $275,000 each year from 2012 to 2015 authorizes the district to acquire and install technology and communication equipment and make other technology improvements and upgrades to enhance student learning. Estimated cost per $1,000 assessed valuation is 52 cents for each of the four years.

Voters in Dayton School District are being asked to approve a one-year $250,000 levy to pay part of the general expenses of maintenance and operation. Estimated cost per $1,000 assessed valuation is 45 cents. The levy would be collected in 2012.

Pomeroy School District voters are asked to approve a $661,076 one-year replacement maintenance-and-operation levy to pay for expenses not funded by the state, including education programs, student services and operations. Estimated cost per $1,000 of assessed valuation is $2.78.

To be valid, ballots must be mailed or dropped off at auditor's offices in the county where the election is held by the end of the business day Tuesday. Mailed ballots must be postmarked on or before Feb. 8 to be counted.

Carrie Chicken can be reached at cec@innw.net or 522-5289.

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