YAKIMA--West Valley High School students took to the water Saturday to raise awareness for an upcoming levy vote.
The Lady Rams swim team challenged the boys team to a meet at Lion's Pool, all to let people know about the February school levy.
The West Valley levy would increase property taxes ten cents for every thousand dollars of assessed value.
If it doesn't pass, funding for the Rams' swim teams may dry up. The news inspired senior captain Chezla Cadwell to organize Saturday's meet, even though she won't be around by the time the levy does--or does not--come into effect.
"It kind of bummed me out [that the swim team could disband], especially since my little sister is a freshman this year," Cadwell said. "I wanted other people to have the opportunity that I had to swim four years for high school."
Other Yakima Valley schools with levies proposals upcoming are East Valley, Wapato, Grandview, Selah and Prosser.
In the Tri-Cities the Kiona-Benton, Pasco, Kennewick, Finley, Richland, North Franklin, Othello and Kahlotus school districts all will have levy proposals on the table.
All ballots must be postmarked or turned in to the presiding county's auditor's office by February 9.