School levies on today’s special election ballot

Voters in three Clallam school districts will decide four measures

Today is Election Day for voters in three Clallam County school districts who will decide four school measures.

Ballots in the special election are due by 8 p.m. today for voters in the Port Angeles, Crescent and Cape Flattery school districts.

The Clallam County Auditor’s Office had accepted 9,412 ballots as of Monday of the 24,907 mailed to registered voters in the three districts for an early turnout of 37.79 percent.

Ballots must be postmarked by today or dropped off no later than 8 p.m. today at any Auditor’s Office drop box location.

Drop boxes are available at the Clallam County Courthouse at 223 E. Fourth St. in Port Angeles, in front of the Clallam Bay Library at 16990 state Highway 112 in Clallam Bay, Washburn’s General Store at 1450 Bayview Ave. in Neah Bay and at the Clallam County Public Utility District office at 15 Sekiu Airport Road in Sekiu.

The Port Angeles School District is seeking voter approval of a $52.6 million, five-year capital projects levy to fund expansion and remodeling of Stevens Middle School and begin a 30-year plan to upgrade the district’s other schools.

The Crescent School District in Joyce is seeking voter approval of two levies: a replacement educational programs and operations (EP&O) levy of $520,000 for four years and a four-year capital projects levy that would provide $500,000 for work on school facilities.

The Cape Flattery School District has placed on the ballot an EP&O levy of about $360,000 for each of the next four years.

All four measures require a simple majority of 50 percent plus one vote to pass.

Port Angeles

In Port Angeles, Proposition 1 would raise the school district’s local levy rate by $2.62 per $1,000 of assessed value and result in a $4.12 total school levy.

A $2.62 levy increase is equal to a $655 property tax increase for the owner of a $250,000 home.

District officials have posted information about the levy proposal at www.portangelesschools.org.

Citizens for Affordable Schools opposes the levy at www.stoppaschooltax.com.

Crescent

In Joyce, Proposition 1 would replace an expiring levy for educational programs and operations. The levy rate would be $1.45 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

Proposition 2 would raise additional funds for construction, modernization and remodeling of school facilities. The levy rate would be $0.348 per $1,000 valuation.

Information on the two ballot propositions is available at the “Crescent School Levy 2020” Facebook page.

Cape Flattery

The Cape Flattery School District is asking voters to approve Proposition 1, an EP&O levy that would set the levy rate at $2.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation and generate about $360,000 in each of the next four years.

Proposition 1 needs a simple majority and a 560-vote turnout to pass.

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Reporter Rob Ollikainen contributed to this report.

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