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School levy request in local voters' future

Next year marks the fourth and final year of a school levy that voters in the Sunnyside School District previously approved.

The Sunnyside School Board last night, Thursday, agreed to move forward in extending the levy for another four years, with the measure likely to be presented to voters in February 2008.

Superintendent Dr. Rick Cole said more information will be presented to the board during the November meeting. He noted that passage of the $1.4 million levy would mean about $5 million in levy equalization funds from the state.

The funds are set up to provide more of a balance between wealthier school districts and those with less resources.

The $5 million, Cole added, is only received if a levy is approved. In 2007, for example, the district is receiving $4.8 million from the state from levy equalization because of the previous levy that was passed.

The $1.4 million figure proposed for extending the levy another four years is the same as currently collected by the district.

Cole contends that if the levy extension is not approved next year, then it might mean more of a tax burden for the public. That's because the district pays its bond indebtedness out of the levy equalization funds.

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