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Schools measures highlight Election Day in Clark County

Four school districts seeking levy funding in today’s election

By Griffin Reilly, Columbian staff writer
Published: February 13, 2024, 6:05am

Today is the first Election Day of 2024 in Clark County, and voters across the region will decide on a handful of school funding measures.

Ballots can be dropped off between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. today at the Clark County Elections Office, 1408 Franklin St.,Vancouver, or at one of the 22 permanent ballot drop boxes located across the county. A map with each ballot deposit location is available on Clark County Elections’ website: https://clark.wa.gov/elections/ballot-deposit-locations.

A copy of the special election sample ballot can also be found on the Clark County Elections website: clark.wa.gov/elections/february-13-2024-special-election.

Camas

Voters in Camas will decide on two replacement levies — one to support basic maintenance and operations and the other for capital upgrades and technology improvements. Both measures would replace levies set to expire at the end of the year.

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 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 district is asking for an estimated 39 cents per $1,000 assessed property value for four years, with collections beginning in 2025.

Battle Ground

Battle Ground Public Schools is running a new levy measure that school leaders say will be critical for technology and infrastructure upgrades previously supported by federal pandemic relief funding and a 2005 bond measure that finished collections last year.

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 running an educational operations levy that would fund extracurricular activities, such as sports and performing arts, as well as several counseling and nursing positions across the district. The district maintained such a levy for decades before seeing a double failure last year, leaving Woodland without an estimated $3 million in its budget for this school year.

If passed, Proposition 1 is expected to collect $2.20 per $1,000 assessed property value in 2025 through 2027.

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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