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Snohomish School District levies ask to maintain services
SNOHOMISH - The Snohomish School District is asking voters to approve two levies this month.
The two levies are for technology and for maintenance and operations.
Ballots began arriving in the mail late last month. The election is Feb. 11.
The maintenance and operations levy would cover more than 20 percent of the district’s budget for daily operations and educational programs.
The four-year levy would cost taxpayers an average of $3.77 per $1,000 in assessed property value each year. A $200,000 homeowner would pay $754 a year for this levy.
The technology levy would continue letting the district upgrade its computers. The four-year levy would cost taxpayers 50 cents per $1,000 in assessed property value. An average $200,000 homeowner would pay $100 a year for this levy.
The district said the maintenance and operations levy provides more than 20 cents of every dollar spent in classrooms. Without the levy passing, “the district would need to cut more than $24 million (in addition to any new reductions in state funding) annually, forcing deep cuts in all areas,” the district states.
If the technology levy did not pass, school computers would fall behind, the district states.
“Without a technology levy, district equipment will continue to increase in age and equipment would only be replaced as allowed by the general fund or grant resources,” the district stated. “The district would only be able to fund emergency needs as able, resulting in diminished network capacity, increased service delays/interruptions and limited network security protections.
The Snohomish school board meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 29 marked the preliminary budget discussion for the 2014-2015 budget development timeline. By mid-July of this year, the school board will adopt the final budget for the 2014-2015 school year at a public hearing.

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