Education

North Thurston will place $163.5 million levy on February ballot

North Thurston students (from left) Joseph Meraz, Grace Morris-Ward, Alana Hall, Alison Stilt and Chloe James examine their Nisqually River hatchery chinook salmon as they prepare for dissection during Tina Hinman's biology class at North Thurston High School in Lacey on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. The North Thurston School Board voted Tuesday night to place a four-year, nearly $163.5 million maintenance and operations levy on February's ballot.
North Thurston students (from left) Joseph Meraz, Grace Morris-Ward, Alana Hall, Alison Stilt and Chloe James examine their Nisqually River hatchery chinook salmon as they prepare for dissection during Tina Hinman's biology class at North Thurston High School in Lacey on Friday, Oct. 16, 2015. The North Thurston School Board voted Tuesday night to place a four-year, nearly $163.5 million maintenance and operations levy on February's ballot. Staff photographer

The North Thurston School Board voted 5-0 Tuesday night to place a four-year, $163.5 million maintenance and operations levy measure on the Feb. 9 ballot, according to district spokeswoman Courtney Schrieve.

Levy dollars contribute about 23 percent of the district’s funding for educational programs and services, according to district officials.

“This replacement levy will help our district continue to provide quality teachers, the arts, librarians, student support and all the other great things our community has come to expect from a well-rounded education in North Thurston Public Schools,” assistant superintendent of operations Monty Sabin said in statement issued Wednesday by the district.

If approved, homeowners would pay an estimated $3.57 to $3.66 per $1,000 of assessed property value between 2017 and 2020. North Thurston’s combined levy and bond rate would be maintained at about $5.74 per $1,000 valuation, according to district documents.

The district’s voters approved a four-year, nearly $128 million levy in February 2012, and a 20-year, $175 million construction bond measure in February 2014.

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