u 2012 Special Election 2012

Spokane School District Resolution No. 2011-20

About this measure

This is a proposed three-year property tax levy.
Voters in District 81 are being asked to approve an excess levy of $4.46 per $1,000 of assessed property value, which would raise an estimated $217.5 million annually for maintenance and operations beginning in 2013 to supplement the district’s state funding.
The school district’s current levy of $3.94 per $1,000 of assessed property value is expiring.
If approved by voters, the owner of a $150,000 home, for example would pay $669 per year.

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

Information about the levy compiled by District 81 can be found here.

Jurisdiction

Spokane Public Schools District 81

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