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McCleary pushing positive message for M&O levy approval

Due to a mathematical error, the McCleary School District was forced to send out Voter Information Guide to district voters in regards to the upcoming $685,000 two-year maintenance and operations levy appearing on the ballot for the Feb. 11 special election.

The new flyer notes that, “Based on the 2015 estimated tax rate, a homeowner with a house with an assessed value oft $100,000 would pay $378 in taxes. The original guide incorrectly had the total at $37.80 in taxes.

Some in McCleary have been worried about a large increase in taxes, but Julie Rupe, McCleary School District business manager, clarifies it’s only about a 10 percent increase over what the 2104 tax rate will be.

“Our M&O levy is a replacement levy,” said Rupe, noting that due to assessed values for 2013 being down in McCleary and throughout Grays Harbor County, the tax rate for this year 2014 is $3.36 per thousand of assessed value, or a tax bill of $336 on a $100,000 home.

With the proposed two-year levy, the new estimated rates would be $3.78 in 2015 and $3.74 in 2016. Over 2014, that’s an increase of $42 the first year and $38 the second year on a $100,00 home.

Ballots are due into the county Elections Office by 8 p.m. on Feb. 11 or most be postmarked by that date to be counted.

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