Sequim: – Superintendent updates board on school levy proposal

SEQUIM — Some 3,000 school children will be affected by the Feb. 7 tax levy election, according to Sequim School Superintendent Garn Christensen.

Christensen updated the Sequim School District board Monday on the proposed levy renewal, which funds nursing, counseling, field trips and other needs at Sequim’s five public schools.

If approved by voters, revenue from the maintenance and operations levy would increase 7 percent next year, to about $2.8 million.

The levy, a property tax, would continue to increase revenue about 5 percent per year, and reach about $3.4 million by 2010.

The current levy rate of about $2.6 million expires at the end of 2006.

Levy funds pay for a variety of positions in school libraries, nurses’ and counseling offices.

It also funds activities such as drama, choir, band and bowling.

And it helps the district foot the bill for the diesel fuel 24 school buses guzzle — that cost is up $75,800 this year to about $157,300.

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