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Hankins Proposes 55% School Levies

RICHALND, Wash.- After numerous school districts around the state failed to pass their levies with a super majority, an effort is being made to reduce the needed percentage to pass.

Richland Representative Shirley Hankins is proposing that schools need only 55% approval to pass a levy.

Right now, schools need 60% approval to pass a levy, but often, schools fall just short of that, right around 58% or 59%.

The Kiona-Benton School District says they've been in this situation numerous times, and they say though Hankins's proposal would only reduce the number to 55%, anything will help.

"In most districts up to 15% to 20% of their budget on levies, let alone, the issue of the super majority and bond issues, and it's difficult in a lot of districts to pass it," said Gary Henderson, the district's Superintendent.

A bill to change to only a simple majority's been bouncing around for about four decades.

Educators hope this compromise may ease things for schools who have trouble passing their levies.