The Kennewick School Board will ask voters to renew a levy in February that provides tens of millions of dollars to student programs and activities.
Board members approved a resolution to put the renewal maintenance and operations levy on the ballot. It would collect $23.9 million in 2015 and $24.5 million in 2016 if approved by voters.
While the total amount collected by the district will be about $3 million more than the current levy collects, the property tax rate is estimated to drop by about 3 cents to $3.45 per $1,000 in assessed property value. That’s $345 a year for a home assessed at $100,000.
So-called “M&O” levies are meant to fill the gap between student needs and what state funding provides. Art, athletics, music, student counselors and building maintenance benefit from the collected money.
The Pasco School District approved putting its renewal levy on the ballot a few weeks ago. Richland School Board members are still discussing the details of their levy before voting to put it before voters.