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Lake Stevens School District to place two replacement levies on February ballot

 



On Nov. 13, the Lake Stevens School District Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution to place two replacement levies on the Feb. 11, 2014 ballot. Lake Stevens School District will have a replacement Maintenance and Operations (M&O) Levy and a replacement Technology Levy.

The current levies, which voters approved in 2010, expire in 2014. The replacement levies will provide funding for schools through 2018. These are not new taxes, they are a replacement of existing voter approved support for schools.

Maintenance & Operations Levy


The replacement M&O Levy provides funding to support classrooms through personnel, supplies and equipment; regular ongoing maintenance of facilities; school safety and security; staff training; student athletics and activities and community education programs.

If approved by voters, it is estimated that the M&O Levy will average $3.60 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

The replacement M&O Levy will generate an estimated:

• $13.1 million in 2015 (estimated $3.76 per $1,000 of assessed property value)

• $13.1 million in 2016 (estimated $3.65 per $1,000 of assessed property value)

• $13.1 million in 2017 (estimated $3.54 per $1,000 of assessed property value)

• $13.1 million in 2018 (estimated $3.44 per $1,000 of assessed property value)

Funds from the replacement M&O Levy will be used for the following:

• Eighty-two percent (82%) of levy funds will be used to support classrooms.

• Nine percent (9%) will be used for the regular ongoing maintenance of facilities..

• Six percent (6%) will be used for student transportation.

• Two percent (2%) will be used for student athletics and activities.

• One percent (1%) will be used for the swimming pool and community education programs.

Technology Levy

The replacement Technology Levy will provide funding for daily classroom technology use; one-on-one devices for students; purchase of new technologies and training for teachers.

The replacement Technology Levy will continue to provide technology tools for teaching and student learning for the next four years—through 2018.

If approved by voters, it is estimated that the Technology Levy will average $0.40 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

The replacement Technology Levy will generate an estimated:

• $1.5 million in 2015 (estimated $0.42 per $1,000 of assessed property value)

• $1.5 million in 2016 (estimated $0.40 per $1,000 of assessed property value)

• $1.5 million in 2017 (estimated $0.39 per $1,000 of assessed property value)

• $1.5 million in 2018 (estimated $0.39 per $1,000 of assessed property value)

Funds from the replacement Technology Levy will be used for the following:

• Forty-five percent (45%) of levy funds will be used for technology devices for students for daily classroom use.

• Twenty-five percent (25%) of levy funds will be used for infrastructure maintenance.

• Twenty percent (20%) of levy funds will be used for professional learning and technology support.

• Ten percent (10%) of levy funds will be used for the purchase of new technologies.

Registered voters will receive their ballots in the mail on Wednesday, Jan. 23. Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day—Tuesday, Feb. 11 at midnight. They may also be dropped off at the 24-hour secure ballot drop box on 1800 Main Street near the boat launch.

To learn more about the replacement levies, Lake Stevens residents are encouraged to visit the school district website to watch an informative video about the proposed measures, http://www.lkstevens.wednet.edu.

 

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