Hockinson will try levies again in April

first_imgHockinson School District had two levies fail in the Feb. 12 election, and the district is going to try again in April.At a special meeting Tuesday night, the school board voted to put a replacement three-year levy and technology levy on the ballot for the next special election.The district is asking for $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value for all three years of the replacement levy, which would be used to keep class sizes down, help fund special education programs, extracurricular activities and athletics.The technology levy would start in 2020, and the district is asking for an estimated 45 cents per $1,000 of assessed value, followed by 40 cents per $1,000 in 2021 and 36 cents per $1,000 in 2022. That money is expected to be used for technology refreshes, safety and security upgrades, heating and cooling improvements and capital improvements.Thanks to the McCleary decision, local levies can only go up to $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value. Michelle Scott, director of business services for the district, said Hockinson was originally scheduled to collect nearly $5 million in local levy dollars until the levy cap. The district is now anticipating collecting about $2.4 million from local levies this year.last_img read more