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CKSD won’t collect remainder of Supplemental Levy
The Central Kitsap School District won't collect levy for the remainder of the school year.
On Sept. 11, an unanimous decision was reached to stop collecting on the voter-approved Supplemental Levy that took effect at the beginning of 2013. The two-year levy was passed as the district faced a $6.3 million dollar shortfall. The levy was an addition to the four-year School Support Levy that was approved in 2010.
“We were facing some large cuts last year, so Supplemental Levy funds were essential,” said David McVicker, assistant superintendent for business and operations in a CKSD press release. “We could not have maintained programs for students without this additional support from taxpayers. Our community was truly there for our students when they needed it."
The first year of the levy collection totaled $3.8 million. Following the collection, the Supreme Court's McCleary decision forced the legislature to increase funding to schools beginning in the 2013-2014 school year. The increased revenue will allow the district to operate without collecting the remaining levy amount.
“I am amazed by the level of support this community shows for its schools,” stated Superintendent Hazel Bauman in a press release. “Now we’re in a position to show our gratitude for its trust and faith by keeping our promise to taxpayers. We said we wouldn’t collect these additional funds if financial conditions improved, and our word is our truth and our pledge.”
The current basic School Support Levy makes up about 20 percent of the district's total operating revenues. The levy will be up for renewal next year.