SEQUIM: School levy ballots due today

SEQUIM — Today is the last day for Sequim School District voters to mail or return levy election ballots to a drop-box location.

The district is asking voters to approve an $8.2 million levy — $2.64 million will be collected in 2002, $2.74 million in 2003 and $2.84 million in 2004.

If approved, the levy will replace the existing maintenance and operations levy approved in 1999.

This is the second time the district has presented the levy to voters.

On Feb. 6, the levy failed by a margin of 157 votes.

Only 58.41 percent voters supported the measure, while 41.59 percent of voters opposed it. State law requires a 60 percent supermajority for passage.

The levy does not represent an additional levy, Superintendent Mike Joyner said.

The current levy costs property owners $1.19 per $1,000 of assessed property valuation. It expires at the end of this year.

The proposed levy would increase payments to $1.42 per $1,000 of assessed property valuation in 2002, decreasing to $1.41 in 2003 and down to $1.39 in 2004.

As of 4:30 p.m. Monday, Clallam County elections staff had received 10,509 mail-in ballots from voters in the $8.2 million maintenance and operations levy election, county Voter Registrar Julie Ridgway said.

That represents more than 60 percent of the total 17,230 ballots mailed to district voters, election officials said.

This full report appears in today's Clallam County edition of the Peninsula News. Or click onto “Subscribe” at left to purchase a copy via U.S. mail.

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