School levey passing in first count of votes


February 3, 2022

The Wahkiakum School District's four-year, $997,000 program and operations levy was passing when votes were counted Tuesday evening.

The margin was close, 610 yes, 575 no, an approval rate of 51.48 percent.

Wahkiakum County elections officials said 100 late arriving votes remained to be counted, and more could arrive by mail this week before the second count, which will be Friday at 11 a.m.

As described on the ballot, the proposed four-year replacement levy would authorize collection of taxes to provide up to $997,000 in 2023, $997,000 in 2024, $997,000 in 2025, and $997,000 in 2026. The tax levy rate required to produce these levy amounts is estimated to be $1.78 per $1,000 of assessed value.

School district officials say the taxes collected by this levy will pay expenses of educational programs and operations that are not fully funded by the State of Washington, including technology, athletics, smaller class sizes, school safety, instructional materials, special education, maintenance, student activities, and support staff.


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