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SPS board members roll back levy money

SPOKANE, Wash. - Though voters approved a 2009 levy of $49 million, Spokane Public Schools will only collect $46.2 million. That means taxpayers will likely pay less on their property tax bill toward the current year's levy than the amount they approved with their vote in 2006.

The Spokane Public Schools Board of Directors certified the 2009 instructional program levy at its recent board meeting. And, as promised, the board rolled back $2.8 million to taxpayers.

"Each year, Spokane Public Schools' board of directors promises voters to roll back property taxes if the state follows through on its promise to provide levy equalization money," said Associate Superintendent Mark Anderson. "The district continues its conscientious use of taxpayer dollars by upholding this promise."

The 2009 levy is the final year of the three-year instructional program levy passed by voters in March 2006. The school district will be asking voters to renew this expiring levy in a March 2009 election. It is estimated that the rate per thousand for this spring's levy renewal initially will decrease by approximately 77 cents per thousand from what voters approved in 2006.

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