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Three more school districts will seek levies

Griffin, Rainier and Rochester will join Olympia, North Thurston, Tumwater and Tenino in seeking voter approval of levies on the Feb. 9 special election ballot.

All the districts except for Olympia will ask voters to approve maintenance and operations levies to replace levies that will expire in 2011. Olympia will ask voters to approve a four-year, $25 million construction levy that will pay for technology and construction maintenance throughout the district.

Maintenance and operations levies can be used in districts’ general funds, and pay for items such as teachers, transportation, after-school activities and other school services.

The Centralia School District, which is primarily in Lewis County but includes some Thurston County homes, will also seek a replacement maintenance and operations levy.

School levies require a simple majority to pass, unlike bonds, which require a supermajority of 60 percent voter approval to pass.

Yelm Community Schools, where voters approved a four-year maintenance and operations levy in 2008, will be the only Thurston County school district that will not ask voters to approve a ballot measure this year.

Ballots are expected to be mailed by Jan. 20.

GRIFFIN

Griffin will ask voters to approve a two-year levy that would collect $2.1 million in 2011 and $2.3 million in 2012. This would be an increase from the 2010 collection of $1.77 million, but the district’s voter-approved two-year capital projects levy of $400,000 also will expire after next year.

The district estimates February’s maintenance and operations levy to be $1.92 per $1,000 of assessed value for the 2011 collection, or $480 for a $250,000 home. The following year, the rate is estimated to be $2.11 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, or $527.50 for a $250,000 home.

ROCHESTER

Rochester will ask voters to approve a two-year levy that would collect $3.38 million each year in 2011 and 2012. This would keep the collection amount the same as the 2010 tax collection.

The tax rate is estimated to be $2.61 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for the 2011 collection, or $652.50 for a $250,000 home. The following year, the rate is expected to be $2.54 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, or $635 for a $250,000 home.

RAINIER

Rainier will ask voters to approve a two-year levy that would collect $1.44 million each year in 2011 and 2012. This would keep the collection amount the same as the 2010 tax collection.

The district estimates that the tax rate would be $2.95 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for both years, or $737.50 a year for a $250,000 home.

CENTRALIA

Centralia will ask voters to approve a two-year levy that would collect $4.85 million in 2011 and $4.93 million in 2012. The collection is estimated to be $2.03 per $1,000 of assessed value for the 2011 collection, or $507.50 for a $250,000 home, and $2.06 per thousand of assessed value for the 2012 collection, or $515 for a $250,000 home.

Venice Buhain: 360-754-5445

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