Dixie voters see school levy proposal

The measure would continue to provide more than a quarter of the district's operating funds.

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DIXIE -- A two-year replacement maintenance and operation levy would continue to provide 28 percent of the Dixie School District's revenue if approved. The levy request, for $230,730 for each of two years, is a 3.85 percent increase over the current levy, although the estimated cost per $1,000 of assessed valuation is seven cents less than the current tax rate.

The estimated cost to the owner of a home valued at $100,000 would be $348 in 2013 and 2014.

The Dixie School is attended by 26 students in grades K-5, plus seven preschool students. Students in the district in sixth grade and above attend Walla Walla or Waitsburg schools.

Because the district sends students to middle school and high school in neighboring districts, the Dixie district is obligated to pay an amount that matches levy support those students receive. The district is expecting to pay over $70,000 in non-high school district costs for the current year.

The district does not have any bond obligations, and expects to continue that trend. The School Board has chosen to make larger building repairs and improvements either through grant funds or using levy funds.

The district has recently received a $150,000 grant to replace and update phone and computer wiring and capacity. The project includes a $15,000 match, which the district will pay.

Levy funds support small class size, food service program, and help provide heat, lights, telephones and insurance for the school.

Ballots should be mailed or dropped off in person on or before Feb. 14.

Official drop boxes in Walla Walla County are available 24 hours a day, and until 8 p.m. on Election Day.

Mailed ballots must be postmarked on or before Feb. 14. The boxes are in Walla Walla in the alley between the courthouse and jail, at Fifth Avenue and Poplar Street on the outside by the corner of the ramp, and at Walla Walla Fire Station 2 at 170 N. Wilbur. Boxes are also located at city halls in College Place (alley behind) and Waitsburg (sidewalk by front door).

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

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