Bremerton residents say 'yes' to levy

The Bremerton School District School Support Levy has passed.

After much anticipation, voters chose in favor of the levy which acts as a supplement to state and federal funds. The local levy and levy equalization funds almost 24 percent of the district’s overall budget.

"We're very excited. It feels fantastic,” said Bremerton School Superintendent Dr. Aaron Leavell of the results. “We’re very thankful to our community not only in passing the levy but that percentage is really a stamp of approval of what we’re doing.”

Of those who voted, 61.8 percent voted in favor of the levy. In opposition, voters brought in 38.2 percent of the vote.

The current levy expires this year, and the total collection amount is $43 million. While there is a slight increase, it would generate an extra $3 million from 2015 through 2018.

For Bremerton, the approximate levy rate per $1,000 would be $3.68 starting in 2015. In 2016, the rate will be $3.73, and for 2017 it will be $3.78 per $1,000 of assessed value. The rate will extend through 2018 and will hover at $3.83 the final year of the levy per $1,000 of assessed value.

The levy funds specific areas that are not covered by state or federal funds. Coverage areas include classroom needs, such as supplies, media centers and classroom technology. School support for tech staff, administrators, health personnel, business office and more are also covered. Utilities and insurance, student activities, transportation, special education and building maintenance will also be funded through the levy dollars.

The district spends 78 percent of its revenues on employee costs to support student learning.

The results will certify on Feb. 25.



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