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Grandview voters asked to support levy

GRANDVIEW - Today, the Grandview School District will ask voters to approve a four-year maintenance and operation levy.

The levy will pay for textbook adoptions, gifted education, instructional materials, student transportation, athletics, field trips, staff development, technology and help reduce class size.

"The state will give us approximately $2.60 for every $1 the community raises up to our maximum levy equalization amount, which is approximately $1,900,000 this year," Grandview School Superintendent Kevin Chase said.

Chase added if the levy is not passed there will be a $2.9 million hit to the budget.

The levy amounts proposed are for $860,000 in 2007 with $1.45 for every $1,000 of property evaluation. 2008 would bring $905,000 at $1.48 per $1,000 of property value. In 2009 the amount would be $945,000 at $1.49 per $1,000 and in 2010, the district is hoping for $990,000 at $1.51 per $1,000 of property value.

Chase said this is not an additional tax but a replacement of an existing levy.

"In 2001 we asked voters to approve $1.54 per $1,000 levy rate," Chase said. "This amount, even in the year 2010, will be less per thousand than the voters approved in 2001."

Of the 14 school districts in the Yakima region, Grandview ranks second to last in what voters pay per $1,000 in maintenance and operations levies.

Compared with school districts of like size in Grant County, Ephrata levies $4.54 per $1,000, Moses Lake at $3.53 per $1,000 and Quincy at $2.78 per $1,000.

The ballots will be mailed to voters today. People wishing their ballots to be counted must have them sent in by Feb. 7, 2006.

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