PASCO, Wash. - The Pasco School District is asking voters to pass a tax that helps fund day to day programs for students. Tonight they held a levy information session. The session gave Franklin County voters basic information about the Maintenance and Operation levy.
The levy helps fund day to day programs such as visual performing arts, music, athletics, and even counselors and nurses. Pasco Superintendent, Saundra hHll says this year alone the levy represents about $25 million which is about 18% of the districts budget. "If we lost the whole levy, that would be the equivalent of the pay for 350 teachers for example. So it's enormously important for our community," said Hill.
Hill says even if the levy does pass there will still need to be school budget cuts. But she wants voters to know that this is not a new tax. It's simply replacing one that is expiring. And for every local dollar tax payers approve the state will contribute an additional 50 cents toward the levy.
Franklin county voters can expect to receive their ballots in the next two weeks.