February 11, 2002
Only one levy passing
by Valley View staff
Early returns last week showed both Riverview School District levies passing by a narrow margin, but by Friday the vote tally indicated that Proposition 1, a two-year maintenance and operations levy, had garnered only 59.61 percent of favorable votes. School measures require a 60 percent approval to pass.
The M&O levy would have helped fund essential services, such as teachers, librarians, music specialists, counselors, assistants, textbooks, software and athletic programs. The cost was $3,930,000 or $2.01 per $1,000 property valuation for 2003 and $4,245,000 at $1.98 per $1,000 for 2004.
Proposition 2, a one-year transportation levy, appeared to be safely passing at 64.02 percent. The levy will collect $216,000 or 11 cents per $1,000 assessed valuation for 2003. It will pay for the purchase of two school buses and maintenance equipment and allow for the retirement of older buses.
The King County Library District's Proposition 1, a maintenance and operations levy, garnered over 63 percent favorable votes. The levy proposed to restore its regular levy rate to $.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for 2003, to provide continued funding for the library system.