School levy to face Walla Walla voters in February

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WALLA WALLA -- The Walla Walla School Board voted unanimously this week to seek a four-year educational programs and operations replacement levy Feb. 14. The dollar amount and estimated rates are slightly higher than those approved in 2008. An election resolution will be filed with Walla Walla County.

Increases in home values will not increase tax collections, according to a district press release. Levy funding pays for library staff, health clinicians, specialists not funded by the state (PE and music), all extracurricular activities (music, sports, drama, FFA).

Levy funds help employ more than 100 staff, and lower class size, fund training and buy materials. Levy funds make up about 20 percent of the district's budget.

The proposed levy calls for collection of $10,227,450 in 2013, $10,483,136 in 2014; $10,745,215 in 2015; and $11,013,845 in 2016. Projected rate per $1,000 of assessed property value ranges from $3.64 in 2013 to $3.81 in 2016.

This means that in 2013 the owner of a home valued at $175,000 would pay $637 for the levy. That property owner currently pays $628.25 on the levy approved in 2008.

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