WALLA WALLA -- Area residents are being asked to continue paying for existing programs of Walla Walla Public Schools through a four-year levy.
The 2012 Educational Programs and Operations Replacement Levy maintains money provided from the previous levy, approved in 2008. That levy expires at the end of 2012.
The local levy represents about 20 percent of the Walla Walla School District's operating budget, or about $10 million a year.
Walla Walla Public Schools Superintendent Mick Miller emphasized the levy is a continuation of an existing tax that is already covering the expense of programs and support staff at district schools and buildings.
The levy would extend program funding from 2013 through 2016.