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2018 Levy Measures

As is the case in many school districts across the state, Tahoma voters will be asked to consider levy measures on the Feb. 13, 2018 special election ballot. Voters will be asked to approve two replacement levy measures and a third proposal to buy buses.

Although state lawmakers passed a budget plan last summer that improves state education funding, the Washington State Supreme Court has ruled that the Legislature has not yet met the constitutional requirement defined in the McCleary lawsuit. The dollars provided by the new state education budget are not sufficient to pay for the level of education and support services to which Tahoma parents and community members are accustomed. Because of the difference between the money the state gives Tahoma and the true cost of running the district, local levies provide funding to maintain staffing levels for services such as security and safety, special education, teacher professional development, school nurses, paraeducators, transportation, and more.

“This funding is essential to the operation of the school district,” Superintendent Rob Morrow said. “If folks like the levels of learning, service, and programs that their students are receiving now, passing these measures is the way to maintain that.”

Click to read more about the three levy measures.

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