Voters approve school M&O levy

By Steve Guntli

Voters overwhelmingly supported school district levies in this year’s special election.

The results, initially tabulated February 9 and finalized on February 18, show all seven proposed school district levies in the county passing, including one for the Blaine school district.

The Blaine school district was seeking approval for a four-year maintenance and operations levy. The money raised will pay for day to day expenses in the district, including maintenance, textbooks, class supplies and salaries for teachers and staff.

None of the levies passed in this election are new. Each one is renewing a levy that expires this year. The district will continue to collect $1.98 per $1,000 of home value on all taxable properties within the district beginning in 2017. That amount will increase slightly for each of the four years. The levy is projected to take in nearly $30 million by the end of the four-year levy.

The Blaine school district levy passed with 2,887 (68.9 percent) voting yes and 1,305 (31.1 percent) voting no.

Six other maintenance and operations levies were passed in other school districts, as was a technology levy in the Bellingham school district that would replace some of the school’s outdated computers and lab equipment.

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