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Camas, Battle Ground, Woodland, Green Mountain school districts seek OK of levies in Tuesday election

By Griffin Reilly, Columbian staff writer
Published: February 10, 2024, 6:04am

Tuesday is Election Day in Clark County, and voters will decide on a handful of schools funding measures in districts across the region.

For a copy of the special election sample ballot, visit the Clark County Elections website: clark.wa.gov/elections/february-13-2024-special-election.

Camas

The Camas School District is running two replacement levies — one to support basic maintenance and operations and one for capital upgrades and tech improvements.

Proposition 6 is a four-year replacement educational programs and operations levy to fund teacher salaries, special education services, extracurricular activities and other services not fully funded by the state.

The measure would replace the district’s current levy when it expires Dec. 31. The district is asking for an estimated $1.82 per $1,000 assessed property value for four years, with collections beginning in 2025.

Proposition 7 is another four-year replacement levy, albeit smaller, to fund technology upgrades, artificial turf repairs and infrastructure maintenance. The measure would also replace the district’s existing capital levy when it expires Dec. 31, 2024. The district is asking for an estimated 39 cents per $1,000 assessed property value for four years, with collections beginning in 2025.

The replacement levies have the same rates as Camas’ current levies.

Battle Ground

Battle Ground Public Schools is asking voters to approve a levy to support capital upgrades to school buildings, career and technical education programs and districtwide technology replacements. The district previously funded similar upgrades with money from a 2005 bond measure that finished collections in 2023.

Proposition 7 is a three-year levy that would cost an estimated 44 cents per $1,000 assessed property value in 2025 through 2027. If the capital levy passes, the district’s combined tax rate would be $2.14 per $1,000 of assessed property value, about the same as residents paid in 2023.

Woodland

Woodland Public Schools is asking voters to approve a levy to support educational programs and operations not funded by the state. The district suffered a double failure for such a levy last year and was forced to make $3 million in budget cuts for the 2023-2024 school year.

Proposition 1 would fund extracurricular activities such as sports and performing arts, as well as several counseling and nursing positions across the district. If passed, the measure is expected to collect $2.20 per $1,000 assessed property value in 2025 through 2027.

The district’s most recent levy, which finished collections in 2023, cost residents an estimated $2.37 per $1,000 assessed property value each year.

Green Mountain

The Green Mountain School District is asking voters to approve a replacement levy to fund teacher salaries, extracurricular activities and other operational expenses not fully funded by the state. The district’s existing operations levy is set to expire Dec. 31.

If passed, the three-year levy would cost voters an estimated $2.25 per $1,000 assessed property value starting in 2025 through 2027.

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