The Clover Park School District Board of Directors is proposing a four-year educational programs and operations levy to voters on Tuesday, March 11.
The March 11 levy proposal will replace the district’s current educational programs and operations levy, which expires in December 2008. It is not a new tax.
According to figures from the Pierce County Assessor, Clover Park’s proposed levy tax rate is one of the lowest rates in Pierce County. The tax rate for the levies is anticipated to be approximately $3.08 per $1,000 of assessed property value.
The election is open to all poll voters on Tuesday, March 11 and absentee voters will receive their ballots in the mail in mid-February.
When approved by voters, the levy will generate:
- $19 million in 2009;
- $19.6 million in 2010;
- $20.2 million in 2011; and
- $21 million in 2012.
According to superintendent Dr. Al Cohen, funds from the levies will be spent for teaching and learning (76 percent), school maintenance and operations (11 percent), school technology (7 percent) and safety and security (6 percent). Priorities will include maintaining reduced class sizes, textbooks and instructional materials, library materials, staff training, after-school and summer school programs, school building maintenance (painting, roofing, flooring and lighting), classroom computers and instructional software.
When voters approve the levy, the district will receive approximately $14 million over the course of the four-year levy from local effort assistance (LEA or state match) monies. The LEA money is only given to districts with voter-approved levies.
More information is available by calling the district’s community relations office at 253-583-5040 or by visiting the district’s Web site at www.cloverpark.k12.wa.us. You can also learn more at a Thursday, February 28 meeting. Click here for details.