MILTON-FREEWATER — Area resident have approved a local option levy that will help fund programming and maintenance in Milton-Freewater School District schools over the next five years.
Residents voted 52.6 percent to 47.4 percent to support the local option, which will cost property owners an additional $1 per $1,000 of assessed property value over five years, for about $300,000 in funds from residents. The tax also generates an extra $350,000 from the state each year.
Over the five years, the School District will receive about $3.2 million between the local tax and state match. Levy dollars will pay for maintenance, security and safety needs, new curriculum materials and to update buses.
The community’s support of the levy comes after a more than 10-year streak of failed bond measures for the School District.
“On behalf of the district I’d like to thank the citizens of Milton-Freewater for their support of the levy,” said Interim Superintendent Jim Reger when reached Tuesday soon after results were announced.
Reger, who is leaving the district for retirement purposes at the end of June, said he felt the voter-approved revenue would have a lasting impact on the district over the next five years by improving safety, security, maintenance and student transportation.
“I’m ecstatic,” he said.