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EVSD, District 9 levies approved

02/12/2016

By MIKE HUFFMAN
Managing Editor

 

Maintenance-and-operation efforts in both the East Valley School District and Spokane County Fire District 9 will continue unabated after Tuesday’s voter approval in a special election.
News wasn’t as good, however, in the tiny Orchard Prairie School District, which serves the area just north of Spokane Valley. There, voters rejected a construction bond issue with only 53-percent approval. A 60-percent supermajority was needed.

While more ballots will be counted, Tuesday’s showing appears as if it will hold up in coming days.

In East Valley, the levy’s approval – topping 61-percent -- will mean the district will collect up to $13 million each year through 2020. Voters will pay about $4.40 per $1,000 in assessed valuation, about a 4-cent decrease from the current levy.

The funds will pay for salaries, transportation, food service and special-education costs. Levy dollars in EVSD make up about a fourth of the district’s budget.

Levy dollars are even more important in FD 9, which serves the area north of Spokane Valley and the city of Spokane. Voter approval – at over 70 percent -- means that up to 60 percent of the fire district’s budget will continue to be funded.

The levy, for the years 2017 and 2018, will collect $1.79 per $1,000 in assessed valuation.

Orchard Prairie’s bond failure means that plans to renovate Orchard Prairie School go unfunded. It’s the second time in two years that the $1.5 million bond has failed.

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