School board to consider putting levy renewal on February 2012 ballot

Published on Fri, Oct 21, 2011 by Jeremy Schwartz

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The Blaine school district’s four-year maintenance and operations levy is up for renewal, and the school board will decide whether or not it will go on the February 2012 ballot at its October 24 meeting.

The levy will replace the district’s existing four-year levy, which will expire at the end of 2012. The replacement levy, which will appear on a special election ballot on February 14, will last until 2016.

The Blaine school district collects about 25 precedent of its budget through the maintenance and operation levy. Like school districts across the state, Blaine has had to rely more heavily on levy funding due to declining support for K-12 education from the state legislature.

The maintenance and operations levy pays for a variety of school district staffing, instructional materials, staff training, student transportation, athletics, music programs, student activities, equipment, vocational education, special education and maintenance needs.

For 2012, the last year of the outgoing four-year levy, property owners in the Blaine school district are estimated to pay $1.45 annually per $1,000 of a property’s assessed valuation. Actual tax rates will be set by Whatcom County, but the school district estimates the annual levy rates per $1,000 for 2013 through 2016 will be:

$1.63 for 2013

$1.64 for 2014

$1.66 for 2015

$1.68 for 2016

Once voters approve a levy amount, the school district cannot collect more than that amount in a given calendar year, regardless of fluctuations in the levy rate. The levy amounts per year the Blaine school district is requesting are:

$6.1 million for 2013

$6.24 million for 2014

$6.36 million for 2015

$6.5 million for 2016

The October 24 school board meeting will start at 7 p.m. at the Blaine school district offices. For a look at the meeting agenda, click here. Contact the school district at with any questions about the levy.


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