Kalama School District No. 402 Proposition 1
Replacement Educational Programs and Operation LevyThe Board of Directors of Kalama School District No. 402 adopted Resolution No. 2017/18-03, concerning a proposition to finance educational programs and operation expenses. This proposition would authorize the District to meet the educational needs of its students by levying the following excess taxes, in place of an expiring levy, on all taxable property within the District, for support of the District’s General Fund educational programs and operation expenses not funded by the State of Washington: Estimated Levy Rate/Collection Year $1,000 Assessed Value Levy Amount 2019 $1.50 $2,592,9472020 $1.50 $2,668,947all as provided in Resolution No. 2017/18-03. Should this proposition be approved? Levy Yes Levy No Explanatory StatementPassage of Proposition 1 would help Kalama School District fund educational programs and operations not funded by the State of Washington, including, but not limited to: extra-curricular activities (including coaches and extended school days or an extended school year); additional course offerings beyond the minimum instructional program as defined by the State as basic education; additional salaries related to the provision and administration of enrichment activities, student transportation, which is above the state funded costs; and special education. Taxes collected by the proposed levy will provide approximately 19% of the District’s General Fund budget. The proposed two-year levy will replace the District’s current levy approved by the voters in 2015 that expires at the end of 2018. Passage of this proposition would authorize the collection of taxes to provide $2,592,947 in 2019 and $2,668,947 in 2020. The tax levy rate required to produce these levy amounts is estimated to be $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value. Based on recent changes to state law, the tax rate for the District’s educational programs and operation levy will decrease from $1.80 in 2018 to $1.50 in 2019.Exemptions from taxes may be available to certain homeowners. To determine if you qualify, call the Cowlitz County Assessor at 360.577.3010.
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