An $8.4 million bond measure for a new stadium in Elma highlights a special election ballot that also asks voters to approve maintenance and operations levies in 13 Harbor school districts.
The bond measure asks voters in the Elma School District to approve the replacement of the aged Davis Field grandstands with a new stadium. The East County district also has an M&O levy on the ballot. Ballots must be postmarked by Feb. 11, or returned to the Grays Harbor Auditor’s Office or a ballot drop-off location by the same date.
Twelve other Harbor school districts are hoping voters will say yes to M&O levies that help supplement district general funds — paying for things like building maintenance and operations costs, textbooks, teaching positions, after-school activities, technology, teaching materials, counseling, athletics, music and clubs, food services, class-size reduction and more. Unanticipated changes in enrollment, emergency repair needs or state and federal legislative action on school funding could change how levy funds are eventually spent.
Most districts decided on two-year levies, even though state law now allows for up to four-year levies, in part because of the uncertainty of how the Legislature will treat education in its budgets to come. A state Supreme Court ruling is putting pressure on the state for more funding.
Ocosta School District — which also stretches into northern Pacific County — was the only to try for more, putting a three-year maintenance and operations levy on the ballot.
Projected rates per $1,000 of assessed property value includes refunds for taxes canceled last year for all districts except for Montesano, Elma, Quinault, Mary K. Knight and Oakville, according to Grays Harbor County Chief Deputy Assessor Paula Bednarik.
The following are the levy amounts for each district, including the current projected rate per $1,000 of assessed value, the projected rate per $1,000 of assessed value if the levy is approved, and the total amount each district hopes to raise:
Aberdeen (2-year): Current projected: $4.17; new projected: $4.22, $4.20; total amount: $5,175,000, $5,300,000
Hoquiam (2-year): Current projected: $4.88; new projected: $4.90, $4.92; total amount: $2,800,00, $2,820,000
North Beach (2-year): Current projected: $0.98; new projected: $1.21, $1.21; total amount: $1,792,488, $1,792,488
McCleary (2-year): Current projected: $3.39; new projected: $3.78, $3.74; total amount: $685,000, $685,000
Elma (2-year): Current projected: $4.32; new projected:$3.69, $3.69; total amount: $3,170,610, $3,170,610
Quinault (2-year): Current projected: $3.32; new projected: $3.31, $3.31; total amount: $470,000, $470,000
Cosmopolis (2-year): Current projected: $3.64; new projected: $4.25, $4.30; total amount: $810,000, $820,000
Wishkah (2-year): Current projected: $4.27; new projected: $4.57, $4.63; total amount: $411,984, $435,576
Ocosta (3-year): Current projected: $2.26; new projected: $2.20, $2.20, $2.20; total amount: $1,817,000, $1,817,000, $1,817,000
Mary M. Knight (2-year): Current projected: $3.74; new projected: $4.15, 4.20; total amount:$684,677, $692,381
Oakville (2-year): Current projected: $1.77; new projected: $2.14,$214; total amount:$376,000,$376,000
Drop-off locations open 24 hours a day until 8 p.m. on Election Day: (for Aberdeen, Hoquiam, Cosmopolis) YMCA Grays Harbor, 2500 Simpson Ave, Hoquiam; (for Montesano) Grays Harbor County Auditor’s Office, 100 W Broadway, Suite 2, Montesano.
Locations only open on Election Day: (for Ocean Shores) Ocean Shores Convention Center, 120 W. Chance Ala Mer Ave; (for Oakville) Oakville Methodist Church, (for Westport) 204 E. Harris; 506 N. Montesano St, Westport; (for McCleary) McCleary VFW, 158 Summit Rd.
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