South Whidbey School Levies coming in Feb.

The South Whidbey School District will be placing two levies on the Feb. ballot. One is a Maintenance and Operations levy. This three year levy continues, or renews, the current and expiring M&O levy. The rate will stay the same, resulting in no change in your tax bill from previous years (cost is $25 a year per $100,000 in assessed value). This levy covers a significant portion of the district’s operating budget, with almost 80% of the district budget going toward staff. This levy is truly necessary for the district to operate.*

The second levy is a Capital Projects levy. This levy will replace the expiring three year capital levy and run for six years. It would pay for technology upgrades as well as much needed deferred maintenance to all district facilities, such as roof repairs, siding, paint, plumbing and HVAC systems.  Some of these projects have been put off for years and simply must get addressed. This levy would cost the taxpayers an additional $25 a year per $100,000 in assessed value. The District has engaged community members in coming up with it’s estimates on repair work needed.

Please take a moment to view this video to learn more about these critical levies. The video was made by students and staff at South Whidbey School District:

http://www.sw.wednet.edu/sw/lib/sw/Levy%202013/levy6.mov

Please visit the District website for more details!

*The State does not fund 100% of basic education. Each district in the state relies on their M&O levy money to operate in the most basic ways. Without this levy money, the district would not be able to operate.
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