Voters asked to approve new Quilcene school levy

QUILCENE — Voters living in the Quilcene School District are being asked to renew and raise a four-year maintenance and operations levy.

Voter approval would raise the levy to $1.42 per $1,000 of assessed valuation during 2009 and 2010, and to $1.45 per $1,000 for 2011 and 2012.

Homeowners are paying $1.15 per assessed $1,000 valuation on the existing levy.

The levy would continue teaching and extracurricular programs, facilities maintenance, some transportation expenses and food services, according to district information.

The measure requires a 50 percent plus one majority to pass.

Ballots were mailed Wednesday in the all-mail election, and should be received this week.

Ballots must be returned to the Jefferson County Auditor’s Office at Jefferson County Courthouse, 1820 Jefferson St., in Port Townsend, by March 11.

If the levy is approved, a property owner with a home valued at $250,000 would pay a levy of $363 in 2009, plus an estimated bond tax of $23.75, school district figures show.

Most of the levy dollars raised during the levy’s four-year duration — between $146,000 and $152,400 annually — would go toward teaching expenditures.

Between $141,200 in 2009-2010 and $150,100 in 2012-2013 would go toward extracurricular activities.

Maintenance is the third largest expenditure category, from $97,500 in 2009-2010 to up to $150,100 for 2012-2013, district figures show.

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