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Woodland Public Schools updates tax rates for replacement levy in February election


WOODLAND — Woodland Public Schools has recalculated the tax rates voters will decide on in February’s special election and now say the replacement levy rate is lower than originally estimated.

The Cowlitz County Auditor’s Office online voters’ pamphlet says the educational programs and operations replacement levy would cost taxpayers approximately $2.05 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

Eric Jacobson, communications manager for Woodland Public Schools, said in an email to The Daily News that the recalculated rate will actually be $1.91 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

In the February 2020 election, the online voters’ guide stated the “approximate levy rate” per $1,000 of assessed property value would be $2.37 or $2.36 depending on the year.

Jacobson also said the district actually collected $2.10 per $1,000 of assessed property value during 2021, 2022 and 2023 when that levy was active.

Voting closes 8 p.m. Feb. 14. Ballots are set to be mailed Friday, and online or mailed voter registrations must be sent to the county auditor’s office by 5 p.m. Feb. 6. Voters can update addresses or registrations between Feb. 7 until 8 p.m. on Election Day.