Finley schools to put M&O levy on ballot

Tri-City HeraldNovember 20, 2013 

Finley School District residents will join others in the Mid-Columbia in considering a renewal levy for their schools on a February ballot.

The Finley School Board agreed Monday to ask voters to renew the district's maintenance and operations, or M&O, levy, a release said. If approved, the levy would collect $1.8 million in 2015 and $1.85 million 2016.

Most Washington school districts use the levies to pay for academic and extracurricular programs as well as maintenance needs not covered by state funding. The renewal levy would bring in about $200,000 more than Finley's current one does.

However, property tax rates are expected to be lower with the renewal. Finley residents are currently paying roughly $4.32 per $1,000 in assessed property value for the levy. If the renewal levy is approved, residents would pay about $4.15 in 2015 and $4.18 in 2016.

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