Central Kitsap voters say 'yes' to M&O Levy

The Central Kitsap School Maintenance and Operations (M & O) levy has passed.

For Central Kitsap School District voters, the measure was No. 401, an M & O renewal levy to support day-to-day operations.

"I'm pretty elated,” said Central Kitsap Superintendent Hazel Bauman. “It’s always nerve- wracking especially when you’re new and you know the community doesn't really know you yet and you’re trying to establish a sense of competence and momentum.”

Of those who voted, 57 percent voted in favor of the levy. In opposition, voters brought in 43 percent of the vote.

The levy is 20 percent of the budget for Central Kitsap School District. On an average home assessed at $245,000, the rate per $1,000 will be $3.43 starting in 2015. In 2016, the rate will be $3.41 per $1,000 of assessed value. The existing rate is $3.23.

Levy funds for Central Kitsap will provide $20.8 million each year for the district from the two-year replacement levy. The funds will pay for athletics, all-day kindergarten, arts and drama, elective courses, libraries, music, smaller class sizes, special education, transportation, teachers and staff, technology, textbooks and instructional materials.

These are the results as of 8:40 p.m. Check back tomorrow for updated results or visit the Kitsap County auditor's website at





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