Steilacoom — On Feb. 9, 2010, voters will be asked to renew the Steilacoom Historical School District’s Maintenance and Operations Levy. Members of Concerned Citizens for Steilacoom School District ask for voters’ support for this levy renewal.
The good news about this year’s mail-in ballot election: Effective Jan. 1, 2010 all of DuPont’s tax base becomes part of Steilacoom Historical School District #1. This determination, set by the Puget Sound Educational Service District in 2003, means that homeowners within Steilacoom Historical School District #1 will see their levy taxes decrease in 2010 by approximately 14 percent. By using a mail-in ballot, the District saves the voters approximately $1,500 in election costs.
In 2006, when the last M&O levy was passed, the estimated rate was $2.59 per thousand of assessed property valuation. In 2010 that amount decreases to $2.20 per thousand of assessed property valuation. With the district now entering the fourth and final year of that levy, voters are being asked to decide to renew the levy for another four-year period.
This is not a new tax. It is a renewal only of the current levy. The rate for each of the next four years is estimated to be about the same or less than the low 2010 rate. Our estimated rate per thousand of assessed property valuation is one of the lowest rates in Pierce County.
A Maintenance and Operations Levy supports: textbooks and other teaching materials, special education and pupil services, maintenance, athletics, music, and other student activities, instructional technologies, staff training and professional development, and student transportation.
Learn more about this levy by attending one of the following community informational meetings:
- Anderson Island Citizens Advisory Board Meeting, 7 p.m., Jan. 8.
- DuPont Community Center, 303 Barksdale Ave., 7 p.m., Jan. 19.
- Steilacoom Town Hall, 1717 Lafayette St., 7 p.m., Jan. 21
To view more information via the Internet, please access www.SupportSHSDStudents.com
Thanks for your support.