Levy Vote Coming Up

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Local school districts are hopeful that voters will approve the 2015-2016 operations levy next Tuesday.

There are nine school districts in the Mid-Columbia that will have levies on the February 11th ballot.

Levy dollars are used to fund basic programs.

They make up for everything the state does not fully fund when it comes educational programs, such as music classes, counselors, librarians and school transportation.

In Richland, levy dollars account for about 18% of the district's annual operating budget.

In Pasco and in Kennewick, it's about 20% of the annual general operating budget.

A member of the Richland School Board tells me the last time a levy was not approved in Richland was in the 80's and the board then had to reevaluate all the programs in order to make cuts.

Levies are voted on every two years, the vote coming up would be to replace the levy that will expire at the end of this year and 50% of the vote is needed for it to pass.