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Sequim, Forks elections
Sequim School District voters are being asked to approve a four-year maintenance-and-operations levy to generate $5.8 million a year.
The four-year levy is a replacement for one that expires this year, school officials said.
This year, property owners within the district will pay $1.59 for every $1,000 of assessed property value, for a total of $5.78 million, school officials said.
The estimated rate would be about $1.60 per $1,000 of property value, or $320 a year for a $200,000 home, from 2014 through 2017.
Sequim also is seeking a one-year $1.6 million transportation levy that would add an estimated 44 cents per $1,000 of property value, or $88 for a $200,000 home.
The levy would provide the district with enough money to buy 17 buses over the next four years, according to district officials.
The Qullayute Valley (Forks area) School District is asking for approval of a four-year maintenance-and-operations levy that would generate $628,000 annually from 2014 through 2017.
The amount that would be collected is identical to that generated by the existing two-year levy, school officials said.
The estimated rate would be $1.45 per $1,000 of assessed property value — $290 a year for a $200,000 home or $145 annually for a $100,000 home.
If the levy passes, the district plans to resurface the Spartan Stadium track, add safety upgrades to crosswalks and sidewalks on South Elderberry Avenue, put new drain vents on the Forks Middle School roof, re-roof Forks Alternative School and the Independent Learning Center Annex, replace district motor pool vehicles, replace the middle school freezer and 1970s-era carpeting at Forks Elementary School, purchase textbooks and fund annual technology upgrades.
If the levy is not passed, the district would lose more than $2 million in levy equalization funds from the state annually, according to district officials.