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.