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School board considers levy vote

During a work session last night, the Sunnyside School Board took another step towards presenting a levy on the February 2008 ballot.

The board won't take final action on the levy until its December regular meeting. Last night's meeting was about crunching the numbers.

Sunnyside schools will likely seek a $1.4 million levy that would start at $1.34 for every $1,000 of assessed property valuation and decline to $1.10 of every $1,000 by the time the four-year levy would expire in 2012.

Sunnyside is wrapping up a current four-year levy and the proposal in February would extend it another four years. The levy funds are designated for student safety, programs, curriculum and technology.

If voters approve the levy, the district will continue to receive funds from the state that are dependent upon districts passing levies. If the upcoming levy is approved, for example, the state of Washington will commit nearly $5 million to Sunnyside schools in 2008.

Even though voters statewide approved a measure that only requires a 50 percent majority for school levies, Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole pledged that the district will approach this election with every intent of getting the message out to voters about the levy, and the state funds that await if its approved.

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