Ocosta schools replacement levy headed for Feb. 11 ballot

  • Wed Jan 8th, 2020 4:00pm
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Voters in the Ocosta School District will get a chance to vote on a Replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy in the Feb. 11 special election.

“Passage of this levy would allow Ocosta School District to continue to fund educational programs and operations not fully funded by the State of Washington, including, but not limited to: class size reduction, nurses, middle and high school athletic and activities programs, music programs, counseling services, transportation outside of the basic school day, curriculum replacement, technology upgrades and enhancements, maintenance and operations outside of basic education funding, special education programs not funded through basic education, security and emergency preparedness,” Ocosta Superintendent Heather Sweet said in a statement.

The proposed three-year local levy will not fully replace but partially replace the district’s current local levy approved by the voters in 2017, which expires at the end of 2020. The current local levy in 2017 was at the tax rate of $2.48 per $1,000 of assessed value and produced $1,847,660 annually, according to Sweet.

“Passage of this levy would replace the local levy at a lower tax rate of an estimated $1.94 per $1,000 of assessed value,” said Sweet. “Based on anticipated increased assessed property values due to anticipated growth, levy collections would provide $1,581,780 in 2021, $1,629,750 in 2022, and $1,678,950 in 2023. Because recent changes to state law reduced the District’s maximum local levy has been reduced.”

Questions about Ocosta’s levy can be directed to Sweet at 2580 S. Montesano St., Westport, WA 98595 or email at hsweet@ocosta.org.

Exemptions from taxes may be available to certain homeowners. To determine if you qualify, call the Grays Harbor Assessor at 360.249.4121 or Pacific County Assessor at 360.875.9301. You can also find more information at http://www.co.grays-harbor.wa.us or https://www.co.pacific.wa.us/assessor/.