MILTON-FREEWATER, Ore. - So far voters are approving the $3 million levy for the Milton-Freewater Unified School District.
The school district says an early ballot count shows the operations levy passed in this weeks special election with 54% of the vote. The funds will pay for finance maintenance, security and safety improvements, bus replacement and curriculum materials throughout the District.
"On behalf of the District, I would like to thank the voters in Milton-Freewater for making their schools and students a priority with the passage of this levy," said Interim Superintendent Jim Reger. "This is another indicator of the community's support and dedication to our students."
This is the first time the District has utilized the local option levy for operational and capital projects since it was enacted into law during the 2000-2001 Fiscal Year.
The levy will cost taxpayers $1.00 per $1,000 of assessed property value for 5 years, ultimately bringing in about $300,000 for the district every year, for five years.
The District is also eligible to receive an additional $350,000 per year for the five years in equalization payments from the state. The levy will expire in 2018.