While the state Legislature wrangles with how to deal with the continuing need to fund education, local school districts are asking once again for voters to do their part.
On the Feb. 13 special election ballot, which area registered voters should have received by now, the Central Valley and West Valley school districts are asking for support of replacement levies.
And a little extra, in some cases.
In the Central Valley area, voters are being asked to support not only the levy but also a $129.9 million bond request to build a new high school, a new middle school and to renovate several other buildings. In order to do so, voters will have to reach a consensus at the 60-percent supermajority threshold.
The new high school – which could accommodate 1,600 students in the ever-growing district -- would be located at Henry and 16th Avenue on land that CVSD has already purchased.
Meanwhile, Horizon High School would be renovated and expanded to handle up to 600 new students. A new middle school would also be funded by the bond and be located east of the HUB Sports Center.
Levy approval, which takes just over 50-percent of voters saying yes, would be for three years at $1.50 per $1,000 in assessed property value and fund maintenance and operations.
Meanwhile, in West Valley, school officials are looking to replace the existing $1.50 levy rate starting in 2019.
A three-year capital levy will also be before voters, which would add another $1 per $1,000 in assessed property value in the area serving the district. The funding would be used to modernize and upgrade the technology in schools.
Finally, in the Freeman School District, voters will be asked to approve a capital levy of $1.25 per $1,000 of assessed property value for three years. The money will be used to pay for safety, technology and infrastructure improvements. A new roof for the middle school will also be included.