With the notable exception of the East Valley School District, there will be nearly everyone who votes in Spokane Valley will be asked to return ballots by Feb. 10.
And even voters in EVSD, if they’re served by the Spokane Valley Fire Department, won’t be spared.
The fire department is looking for a four-year extension to its existing maintenance-and-operation levy, which would cover the period from 2016-2019. The levy covers approximately one-half of the department’s operations.
There is one caveat: This time around the levy will include an increase of 6 cents per $1,000 in property value in order to fund the fire department’s strategic plan initiative, which includes:
- A new station in Liberty Lake, while the current station will be sold to the Liberty Lake Sewer and Water District. No debt would be incurred, as the funding would come from the M&O levy dollars.
- Evaluate the use of Alternative Response Units to see if service would improve.
- Upgrade equipment.
- Recruit and train staff.
Fire officials report a 5-percent increase in calls during 2014, with 86 percent of that amount due to medical emergencies. For more information, visit spokanevalleyfire.com.
While EVSD will be taking this year off, the area’s largest school district – Central Valley – has a bond and levy request before voters. The district is looking for a 60-percent supermajority – which it hasn’t achieved in four previous bond requests – on a $121.9 million measure that would secure $58 million in matching funds. Approval would not raise the existing tax rate, as the current bonds that funded the 1998 high school would be paid off.
The district hopes to build a new elementary school, renovate seven other schools and being the process to develop district-owned land at 16th Avenue and Henry Road for a new high school.
A maintenance-and-operations levy, which covers about 22 percent of the CVSD budget, would remain the same if approved by voters. It is expected to collect $3.56 per $1,000 in assessed property tax for the next three years and would not increase taxes.
To learn more about Central Valley’s bond and levy requests, visit cvsd.org. There will also be open houses held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at:
- Evergreen Middle School, Tuesday, Jan. 13
- Opportunity Grade School, Wednesday, Jan. 14
- Liberty Lake Elementary School, Jan. 15
West Valley School District also has a three-year maintenance and operations levy from 2016 to 2018 looking for approval. The money, which is about 24 percent of the district budget, will pay for supplies, salaries and programs. It would not cost taxpayers any more money than they are spending now.
WVSD will have a separate technology levy on the ballot, which would bring in 28 cents per $1,000 in assessed valuation from district voters.
For more information, visit wvsd.org.
Finally, the Freeman School District will also have a levy request on Feb. 10.
Finally, Freeman will also seek to renew its three-year levy – again, no new taxes would be involved – that covers about 16 percent of the school district’s budget. The rat is $3.01 per $1,000 in assess property valuation.
For more information, visit freemansd.org.