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February Election is Crucial for Many School Districts Around the Yakima Valley

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WAPATO, WA - As educational funding continues to shrink around the region, many school districts are asking voters to renew levies come February.

Becky Imler, the Superintendent of Wapato School District, said a levy helps pay for the day to day operations like teachers, bus drivers, textbooks or safety and security.

The superintendent said the levy would slightly increase monthly property taxes saying it would be like buying a latte once a month.

School officials said levies are important to districts across the region because there's simply not enough money from the state to support public education.

"We know that we have the McCleary Supreme Court Case and that they have indicated that the legislature needs to increase funding to schools, but across the state schools have become reliant on levies," said Imler.

Imler said she believes all the school districts in the valley depend on levies.     

The Wapato School District said without levy funds the district's annual operating budget would have to be cut by nearly 10 percent.