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.
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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.