GRANDVIEW - The voters have spoken up for Grandview schools with a nearly 61 percent vote in favor of a $4.85 million replacement levy.
The levy passed by a margin of 871-556, according to the tally provided by the Yakima County Elections Office.
"I want to thank the community and patrons of Grandview for giving as much support as possible to our students," said Grandview Superintendent Kevin Chase.
The levy will be spread out over the next four years, with taxpayers doling out $1.68 per $1,000 assessed property value in 2011. This means the schools will receive approximately $1.15 million that year.
The funding is expected to increase, with $1.28 million going to Grandview schools in 2014.
It is estimated property owners will pay approximately $173 for every $100,000 assessed property value that year.
Because it is a replacement levy, taxpayers will not see a large rise on their annual property tax bill.
By Chase's estimates, the tax bills will be slightly less than in years past.
"This, however, shows the community is committed to providing students with a quality education," he shared.
He continued, stating, "This doesn't mean the state will not have to follow through on their duties...they still need to fully fund basic education."
Funding from the levy dollars will be utilized for textbooks, activities, field trips, staffing, technology, gifted education, transportation and major maintenance in the Grandview Schools.
"I am just pleased with the results...I didn't anticipate this because of the current economic climate, but the voters came through for our students," Chase said, adding, "I am practically running down the halls, I am so pleased."