More detail on school bond issue
January 23, 2020
My apologies. So many details to try to get right in last week's story about the Wahkiakum School District's 22-year $28.75 million bond to renovate the high school that I completely forgot a really important one, the one that will affect voters in the district.
The district is estimating that if the bond passes, the tax increase would be about $3.37 per $1,000 of assessed property value.
According to Wahkiakum County Assessor Bill Coons, the median home in Wahkiakum County is $250,000. That homeowner could expect an annual increase of $842.50.
For a home assessed at $250,200, the owner currently pays $2,145 every year in property taxes. If the bond passes, he would pay $2,987.50.
That's a nearly 40 percent increase, Coons said.
Some senior and disabled homeowners may qualify for property tax exemption based on income. They should contact the assessor's office for more information.
Ballots for the February 11 special election on the bond will be mailed on January 24.
There will be open houses on the bond issue and tours of Wahkiakum High School beginning at 4:30 p.m. every Thursday and Friday for the next three weeks.
There will also be a meeting to discuss the financial details at 7 p.m. on January 29 at the high school.