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East Valley School District to collect only half of $3M levy after clerical error

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School officials with the East Valley School District in Spokane Valley have decided to only collect half of a $3 million levy meant to replace the district's aging school bus fleet. That decision comes after a clerical error, and now, instead of getting 25 new buses, the district could receive only 12 or 13.

In 2015 voters approved the levy that would buy brand new school buses for the next two years, but earlier this year the district discovered that the county hadn't been collecting any of the levy funds.

"Basically we thought that we had done what we needed to do with the county to make sure that they would collect that, but that was not the case," East Valley Superintendent Kelly Shea told KHQ in September.

Following public meetings, East Valley School District sent out a letter to residents earlier this month. In the letter, the school board says it believes collecting the full $3 million in one year would "place a financial hardship on some of our residents."

When KHQ spoke with Shea, he took full responsibility for the mistake, saying it was one that wouldn't be made again.

He says the district will consider putting a $1.5 million transportation levy back on the ballot in the near future.

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