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CK School District continues levy discussions

No decision has been made, but discussions of having a Central Kitsap School District supplemental levy continue.

Even if the district is able to revive its lost Heavy Impact Aid — federal money that school districts with large military populations may receive — that it has currently been ineligible to receive, there will still be programs that need to be funded or reinstated.

The district lost heavy impact aid after the federal government discovered the school district did not levy enough property tax from residents in the district.

The district can reapply in 2014 and could begin receiving it the following year. It is in an ongoing appeals process of the disqualification decision.

“No matter how we got to where we are, we need to provide the best product we can,” said Eric Greene, school board member, at the Nov. 9 board meeting.

Greene said that if the board decides to move forward with a supplemental levy, the community needs to know exactly what the money will go toward.

Citing the failure of Proposition 1, the Veterans and Human Services Levy, Greene said it failed because people were unsure how the money would be spent.

A supplemental levy for the school district would bring in an estimated $7.6 million over a two-year period. The expected breakdown is $2 million collected at the end of the 2012-2013 school year, $3.8 million during the 2013-2014 school year and $1.8 million for the 2014-2015 school year.

The board will vote on a resolution to approve having a supplemental levy to go to voters at its next meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 22.

In August, the district estimated having to cut $6.8 million from the 2012-2013 school year.

David McVicker, the district’s finance director, at last week’s board meeting said that new estimates range from $5 million to $8.6 million for the shortfall with new proposed state budget cuts and additional calculations.

“We’re at the whims of the legislative body,” said superintendent Greg Lynch.

Although it would be decided in the resolution, discussions have revolved around having the measure go to voters for a February 2012 special election. The district has never done a supplemental levy.

In order to reach that February election goal, the board’s resolution must be filed with Kitsap County by Dec. 30.

“We need it. It’s money that we need,” Greene said.

 

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