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Dec. 10, 2023

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Green Mountain voters support capital levy

By , Columbian Staff Writer

Voters living in the Green Mountain School District approved a capital levy to make upgrades and repairs to the one school in the K-8 district.

As of Tuesday night, 56.65 percent, 179 votes, were in favor, while 43.35 percent, or 137 votes, were against.

The Green Mountain School opened in 1932 and had its last major renovation in 1996, when the interior was completely renovated.

With the levy money, the school district plans on improving safety, improving the heating and cooling system, upgrading restrooms and flooring and undertaking a complete renovation of the cottage, which sits on school grounds and is currently used as a classroom. District officials also plan on filling in a retention pond and building a covered play area, which will allow the school to move more kids outside of the building. Then the school could hold a fourth lunch period during the day, giving Green Mountain a chance to increase enrollment.

The district has 164 students this year, close to its maximum.

With the levy, the district will receive $1.25 million spread out evenly to $250,000 a year for five years. The district projects that the levy rate will be $1.35 per $1,000 of assessed property value in the first year, $1.23 per $1,000 of assessed value in the second year, $1.12 per $1,000 of assessed value in year three, $1.01 per $1,000 of assessed value in the fourth year and 93 cents per $1,000 of assessed value in the final year.

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