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School district seeks reduced levy amount

Shelton-Mason County Journal of Shelton, Washington

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The Pioneer School District plans to ask voters for a reduced amount for its renewal of the district's maintenance and operation levy on the Feb. 11 ballot.

The district is set to collect $3.25 million in levy revenue in 2014, an amount approved by voters in 2011.

The school district board of directors voted to reduce its levy amount by more than $400,000 for the 2015, 2016 and 2017 calendar years.

The proposed levy amounts are $2.85 million in 2015, $2.89 million in 2016 and $2.93 million in 2017.

District residents vote to renew the Pioneer School District's maintenance and operation levy every three years.

Levy funds allow the district to continue operations not fully funded by the state and federal government, according to the district. Levy money makes up 30 percent of the district's annual operating budget.

According to the district, levy dollars support custodial and maintenance needs, the early learning program, extracurricular programs, athletics, special program teachers, school safety, teacher training, technology and transportation.

Ballots are scheduled to be mailed Jan. 24. A 50 percent yes vote is required to pass the levy.

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Original Publication Date: January 2, 2014

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