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REPLACEMENT LEVY – February 2016

WHAT? Replacement Educational Maintenance and Operations Levy. This levy will REPLACE AN EXPIRING LEVY. On February 9, 2016, the Nooksack Valley School District is seeking voter approval to replace the expiring levy. Key facts;

  • The levy supports almost 20% of the district’s day-to-day operating budget.
  • The levy supports virtually all school district educational programs and daily operations.
  • The levy IS NOT A NEW TAX. It REPLACES the current levy that expires in 2016.

WHY? This replacement levy funds essential educational programs and activities. State and federal dollars do not fully fund the day to day operations of the Nooksack Valley Schools. In fact, virtually all districts in the state rely on a local levy to fund this gap. These essential programs and activities include;

  • Lower class sizes
  • Support staff for day to day operations and maintenance
  • Instructional materials and supplies
  • Extra and Co-Curricular activities such as music, drama, athletics, etc.
  • Transportation for field trips, extracurricular activities, etc.
  • Technology
  • Day to day operations and maintenance
  • Eliminating and/or reducing costs to parents (school supplies, fees, etc.)
  • Etc.

HOW? In February 2012, voters approved a four year levy to maintain essential educational programs and activities. In fact, voters have approved levies in our school district every year since the early 1970’s. After careful consideration was given to the necessary scope of the ballot measure, and respect for local taxpayers, our school board passed a resolution for a ballot measure to be placed before the voters in February. The school board is actually asking for a lower tax rate than voters approved 4 years ago. The levy is not a new tax, as voters will be asked to renew and replace the existing levy as follows;


Year

Levy Amount

Projected Levy Rate

2013

$3,600,000

$4.36*

2014

$3,700,000

$4.48*

2015

$3,700,000

$4.48*

2016

$3,700,000

$4.48* ($4.38 actual rate)

2017

$3,800,000

$4.40**

2018

$3,900,000

$4.40**

2019

$3,900,000

$4.40**

2020

$4,000,000

$4.40**

*Projected rates approved in 2012. This levy is expiring.

**Projected rates for this replacement levy.

All registered voters will received a ballot in the mail around January 20, 2016. Ballots must be postmarked by February 9, 2016 to be counted. There are also community drop boxes in Everson (outside WECU on Main Street) and in Sumas (behind the post office).

What about senior citizens? Senior citizens (age 62+) and disabled individuals may be eligible for a residential property tax exemption. Call the Whatcom County Assessor’s Office 676-6790 for more information.

Strong support! The recent passage of the BOND will allow the District to add four classrooms to Nooksack Elementary, bring much needed renovations to the High School and construct a new Middle School. The renewal of the LEVY will allow the District to maintain educational and operational programs and services for the next four years in the Nooksack Valley School District.

Remember to Vote 

For more information please contact the district office at 988-4745

 

 

 

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