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EVSD seeking levy passage

01/17/2020

By MIKE HUFFMAN
Managing Editor

 

The Feb. 11 special election is looming, and the East Valley School District is looking for re-approval for a pair of levies before they expire.

The first is seeking property taxpayers in the district to say yes to $2.50 cents per $1,000 in assessed value to continue existing programs and staff levels. It would also add an additional school resource deputy.

If approved, the second would greenlight 90 cents for every $1,000 in assessed property value to remodel four school parking lots, fix plumbing and other infrastructure issues at elementary schools.

The program-replacement levy would continue the levy passed in 2018. It would last four years and collect an estimated $9.9 million in 2021, $12 million in 2023 and $13.4 million in 2024.
The capital levy would last for two years and estimated to collect $3.4 million in 2021 and $3.6 million in 2022.

The EP&O levy will fund:

  • Extracurricular activities such as sports, music, art, clubs and field trips
  • Additional staffing of nurses, counselors, teachers and custodians
  • Curriculum materials like textbooks, technology and school supplies
  • Maintenance of facilities
  • Special education
  • Student nutrition
  • Advanced placement classes

The capital levy will be used for:

  • New parking lots at Trent, Otis Orchards, East Farms and the Continuous Curriculum School (Skyview)
  • The lots will be designed to provide a safer means for drop-off and pickup
  • The lots will also be designed to reduce on-street parking and redirect student traffic to the back of the schools so the new single-point entries can be secured throughout the school day

District officials say there would be no increase in property taxes.

 
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