u 2012 Special Election 2012

Central Valley School District Resolution 11-10

About this measure

This is a proposed three-year property tax levy.
Voters in the Central Valley School District are being asked to approve an excess levy of $4.19 per $1,000 of assessed property value, which would raise an estimated $27.1 million annually for maintenance and operations beginning in 2013 to supplement the district’s state funding.
The school district’s current levy of $3.54 per $1,000 of assessed property value is expiring.
If approved by voters, the owner of a $150,000 home, for example would pay $628.50 per year.

A copy of Central Valley School Board’s resolution authorizing the levy request can be found here.

A fact sheet produced by the Central Valley School District can be found here.

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Central Valley School District

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