Auburn School District replacement levies placed on Feb. 11 ballot

  • Monday, January 27, 2020 7:40pm
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The Auburn School District board of directors have unanimously approved placing a four-year Educational Program and Operations Replacement Levy and a six-year Technology Replacement Levy on the Feb.y 11 ballot.

The levy, which will replace the 2016 levy that expires this year, provides 10 percent of the district’s budget. Funds from the levy are used for: all athletics and activities and transportation to these events; special education programs and transportation; college and career readiness activities, staffing not funded by the state including nurses, security officers, school resource officers, psychologists and health room staff; and extended learning opportunities.

The levy will collect $36.6 million in 2021, $41 million in 2022, $45 million in 2023 and $49.2 million in 2024. The district will collect no more than $2.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation in each of the levy years. The overall school tax rate will remain stable.

The Technology Replacement Levy will replace the 2014 levy that also expires this year. The 2014 levy provided 1:1 technology for students in grades 2-12, expanded the wireless network and other infrastructure upgrades and improved instructional technology. The replacement levy will continue these efforts and expand 1:1 technology K-12, provide for additional computer science instruction and more.

The Replacement Technology Levy will collect, $5.8 million per year, for a total of $35 million over six years.

Detailed information about both replacement levies is available at auburn.wednet.edu/levy2020

The election is all-mail and ballots must be postmarked by Feb. 11.

Questions may be directed to Cindi Blansfield, associate superintendent of business and operations, at levy2020@auburn.wednet.edu or by calling 253-931-4930.

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