SPS School Board Places Levy On Ballot - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

SPS School Board Places Levy On Ballot

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Public Schools Board of Directors has voted to put a replacement educational program levy on the Feb. 14, 2012, ballot. The levy is not a new tax, but simply replaces the 2009 levy approved by voters, which expires in 2012.

Board officials say the levy is a way for the Spokane community to provide almost one-quarter of the dollars necessary to offer a well-rounded education to Spokane Public Schools' students. 

They went on to say the levy would support crucial classes, programs and staff: teachers for providing reasonable class sizes; counselors, career specialists, nurses and librarians; gifted and talented program; high school and middle school electives such as Advanced Placement classes; elementary band and strings program; elementary art classes; online learning; drop-out prevention programs; special education and English language learner programs; student transportation; sports, clubs and intramurals; security officers; and support staff such as custodial, maintenance, administrative and clerical.

The amount of the levy is $73.3 million and is estimated to cost taxpayers between $3.89 and $4.49 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation, depending on whether the state legislature decides to cut or maintain levy equalization assistance – a subsidy to property "poor" districts like most eastern Washington school districts.

To vote in the Feb. 14 election, the mail-in and online voter registration deadline is Jan. 13. Mail-in forms are available at schools and the Spokane County Elections Office. Feb. 6 is the deadline for those who miss the online deadline and wish to register in person. 

For information, visit the Elections page at www.spokanecounty.org/elections or call 477-2320.The Elections Office will mail ballots to registered voters at the end of January.

Find more information about the replacement levy at www.spokaneschools.org. Citizens are encouraged to vote by sending their ballots to the Elections Office by Feb. 14.

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