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Richland School Board meets to discuss growth and levy

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RICHLAND, Wash. -- Every two years, the Richland School district asks voters to renew the operations levy.  On February 9, voters will see a new levy proposed on their ballots.

They are submitting $17.3 million for 2011 and $18.3 million for 2012. 

"This is a replacement levy. We do this every two years. It's not a new tax. What the board is especially concerned about is the cuts we're seeing in education that are coming from the legislature and our economy.  We want to make sure that we're continuing to offer quality education for our students in Richland," says Richard Jansons the President of the School Board.

If the levy is approved, the District will receive an additional $3.8 million in state levy equalization money in 2011 and $4.1 million in 2012.

Right now, the state funds 64% of education and the federal government pays 14%, the operating levy is 15% of the budget.

The levy money funds textbooks, utility expenses, technology enhancement, security, staff training workshops, substitute teachers and athletic activities.

The current levy is $2.86 per every $1,000 home value in 2010, it would jump to $2.95 for 2011 and 2012 if approved.