Board approves resolutions for replacement levies

Board approves resolutions for replacement levies
Posted on 11/19/2021
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The Anacortes School Board approved two resolutions on November 18, 2021, placing two ballot measures before voters for the February 8, 2022 election. Both measures are replacement levies, taking the place of expiring levies approved by voters in 2018. The combined, estimated rate of $1.28 per $1,000 valuation is 32 cents lower than previously approved rates in 2018. 


The two measures, a replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy (EPO), and a replacement Technology and Capital Levy will help maintain school services that are not provided by the state. 


The local EP&O levy funding allows our schools to continue providing quality education services, such as smaller class sizes, Career & Technical Education, Advanced Placement courses, mental health support, athletics, activities, and more. The estimated rate for the EP&O levy is $0.93 per $1,000 of assessed property value. 


“First class schools, facilities, and grounds have a positive impact on our community,” said Board President Bobbilyn Hogge. “This funding ensures that we can continue providing high quality education, extracurricular activities, and important programs for our students.” 


The Replacement Technology and Capital levy will provide necessary funding to maintain students’ access to technology, such as laptops, online curricula, and technology specialists to support teaching and learning. Capital improvements will include needed updates to our buildings to improve energy efficiency, increase safety, and maintain building longevity. The estimated rate for the Replacement Technology and Capital levy is $0.35 per $1,000 of assessed property value.


“Our district was able to respond to the pandemic thanks to this community’s support of technology levies in the past,” said Superintendent Justin Irish. “This funding maintains the necessary tools that students need to be successful 21st century learners. We also take great pride in our buildings and grounds, and need to be able to maintain them for decades to come.” 


Pro/ Con Committee Appointment 

A new state law requires that district’s seek applications from residents interested in being appointed to a committee to write the for or against statements for the Skagit County Voters Pamphlet related to the district’s two ballot measures. Those interested in applying should fill out this application online: https://forms.gle/SsQJPA3NzqsFTgWb6 by Friday, November 26 at 5 p.m. The board will take action on the appointments at its December 2 school site visit. 


More information on the levies can be found on our website: http://www.asd103.org/2022_election


Questions? Contact Superintendent Justin Irish, (360) 503-1210 or jirish@asd103.org 


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