PATEROS – Voters in school district 122-70J will cast their ballots next Tuesday, Feb. 13, either in support of or in opposition to a four-year Educational Programs and Operation Levy (EP&O) for Pateros schools.
Linda Ehlenbach, Executive Administrative Assistant for the Pateros School District said last Monday that the $2.656 million measure is the same as the previous four-year levy approved by Pateros voters and that will expire at the end of 2018, only this one has a slightly different name.
The new four-year EP&O levy seeks $664,000 per year from 2019-2022. The estimated rate is $2.95 per $1,000 of assessed valuation or about $295 per $100,000 of property value.
If approved, the EP&O levy will allow the district access to state funds between $134,000 and $245,000 next year. Those monies will help cover a variety of operating costs for transportation, staff compensation, health, education, technology, arts and other enhancements and enrichments to day-to-day operations.
Unlike bonds, levies support educational programs, and require only a 50-percent-plus-one vote approval margin
Bonds are earmarked for expanding or rebuilding facilities or for new construction and require a 60-percent approval margin. Bonds generate state-sourced School Construction Assistance Program (SCAP) funds that can support maintenance needs and safety upgrades throughout the school district.
Ballots were mailed late last month for the Feb. 13 measure. Voters who want to learn more about the LP&O levy can attend a levy informational meeting scheduled from 6-7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 8, in the Pateros Brewster Community Resource Center at 169 Pateros Mall, Suite A.
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