Voters to decide on school levies

Ballots are due on Feb. 14

Local voters are reminded to turn in their ballots on Tuesday.

Voters in both the Camas and Washougal School Districts will be asked to approve replacement levies in the Feb. 14, special election.

Washougal has put a three-year, $23.2 million replacement maintenance and operations levy and $2.4 million technology levy on the ballot.

The levies would replace one set to expire Dec. 31, 2017.

Both proposed levy rates will remain flat over three years, and are not new taxes.

The Camas School District has placed a $67.4 million maintenance and operations levy, and a $7.1 million technology levy on the ballot, to replace the current ones expiring at the end of the 2017.

There will be a slight increase in rates to cover rising costs.

For the first three years of the upcoming four-year levy cycle, Camas residents would pay an additional 6 cents per $1,000 of their assessed property value, for a total of $6.31 per $1,000 of assessed value for all school taxes.

In the fourth year, 2021, residents would pay less than they pay today, $5.38 per $1,000 of assessed property value, compared to today’s $6.25 per $1,000 of assessed home value for all school taxes.