Everett School District Levy issue still undecided

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by JAKE WHITTENBERG / KING5 News

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KING5.com

Posted on August 18, 2010 at 2:48 PM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 18 at 6:54 PM

EVERETT- Officials of the Everett School District are closely watching every vote that's counted in Tuesday's election.

A four-year school levy district is failing with 49.5 percent of the vote. That is just shy of the simple majority needed to pass.

Snohomish County Elections officials say they have several more ballots yet to count that may sway the results in the other direction.

"We are very hopeful," says District spokeswoman Mary Waggoner. "With votes still to count, it can go either way."

If the levy is approved, it would mean $4 million each year will be deposited into the district's general fund budget. For taxpayers, passage of the levy would mean paying 25 cents for every $1000 of property value in 2011. 

The new money would only go into effect beginning in the 2011-2012 school year and would be used for programs to increase the graduation rate, textbooks and classroom materials, funding for more challenging courses for students and competitive salaries for educational staff.

Waggoner says the new money could potentially open the discussion to re-instate some bus routes that were cut. Waggoner say there are no guarantees that routes would be re-instated.

Bus service for about 1,300 Everett School District students was cut in July as part of $3.7 million in budget cuts.

The Snohomish County Auditor's Office says a final vote tally may be available by Friday.
 

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