Three school levies proposed for Coupeville on February ballot

The levies are for capital projects, school district technology and educational programs.

The Coupeville School District will be seeking voters’ approval in the new year for a total of three levies that will bring in nearly $18.5 million in funding to schools.

The levies for capital projects, school district technology and educational programs and operations will likely appear on the Feb. 8 ballot.

During a school board meeting Monday night, the resolutions for each levy passed a first reading by board members. A second reading of the resolutions is scheduled for the next board meeting in November.

The proposed capital projects levy totals $6 million and spans two years. It aims to use funds to improve school buildings, such as covering planning costs for elementary school renovation or replacement, HVAC replacement and repair and repaving parking lots.

It would cost property owners $1.05 per $1,000 assessed value of properties in the first year, and $1.03 per $1,000 in the second year.

The proposed school district technology levy is $1,950,000 and will be collected over four years. It will provide funds to replace computers in schools and offices, provide assistive technology for special needs students, invest in improved administrative productivity and support teachers as they integrate new and upgraded technology into classrooms.

During its first year, the levy would cost about 16 cents per $1,000 assessed value of properties. In the remaining three years, it will cost about 17 cents per $1,000.

The replacement educational programs and operations levy would collect $2.5 million in its first year, and then $2.7 million in the three following years. The taxes collected will be deposited in the school district’s general fund.

The levy will support educational programs and operational needs not funded by the state, including teaching, school supplies, technology, athletics, buildings and transportation.

The levy is called a “replacement levy” because the school district wants to maintain a stable tax rate and the current levy expires this year.

Denise Peet, the school district’s business manager, told school board members during a special meeting last week that the previous total collected for the levy was $2.44 million, from 2019 to 2022.

In 2023, the levy will cost property owners about 88 cents per $1,000 assessed value of properties. It will cost 93 cents in 2024, 91 cents in 2025 and 89 cents in 2026.

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