Friday, December 21, 2007
The Sunnyside School District will ask voters on Feb. 19, 2008 to consider extending a maintenance and operations levy already on the books for another four years. That's according to a measure passed last night by the Sunnyside School Board.
The levy amount will be the same, $1.4 million, as will its purpose; to pay for safety, security, student activities, academics, curriculum and technology.
Intended to pay for the classroom basics only, the levy will not be connected with previous failed bond efforts that sought to enhance athletic facilities.
If district voters approve the measure, Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole said the state will continue to kick in about $4 million each year in levy equalization money intended to balance the financial picture for districts in the state. That in turn will pay off bond debt the district has previously incurred.
If approved, the levy rate per $1,000 of assessed property valuation would be $1.20 in 2009, $1.17 in 2010, $1.13 in 2011 and $1.10 in 2012.
Cole indicated that if the levy is denied, then residents would actually face higher rates because of the need to pay off the bond.
The district has a long-standing policy of pursuing levies, and not assessing for the bond debt due to levy equalization.