CPPS wants to combine levies

By on Friday, November 26th, 2021 in Columbia Basin News More Top Stories

COLLEGE PLACE – Voters in College Place will be asked to approve an $18.9 million educational programs and operations levy on February 8, 2022. During Tuesday’s regular meeting, the College Place Public Schools Board of Directors approved the levy resolution and corresponding tax rate of $2.50 per $1,000 assessed value.

If approved by voters, the levy funds will be used to continue current staffing and essential programs in College Place schools that are not fully funded by the state, including smaller class sizes, nurses, classroom and medical paraeducators, counselors, social and emotional learning, technology, transportation, extra-curricular activities and clubs, athletics, the arts, and safety.

“These next four years will see significant continued growth in our city and these levy dollars will allow us to address that growth,” Superintendent Jim Fry said.

The proposed 2022 levy combines the district’s existing technology and safety and transportation levies into a single, four-year levy at a maximum of $2.50 per $1,000. The proposed levy rate is 10 cents lower than the current overall rate of $2.60 paid by College Place voters. The proposed 2022 levy combines and replaces the levies last approved by College Place voters in February 2018. It is not a new tax.