Proposition 1 for the Replacement Educational M & O Levy for Lopez School concerning educational funding has passed with 797 votes, 71.93 percent of the votes. Voter turnout for the Feb. 11 election was 49.22 percent.
The Lopez School Maintenance and Operations Replacement Levy will replace the current levy that will expire at the end of 2014. The levy supports approximately one quarter of the district’s operating costs for educating the students of the community.
Tax amount: $886,103 ($0.73/$1000) in 2015; $896,036 ($0.73/$1000) in 2016; $922,917 ($0.75/$1000) in 2017, and $950,605 ($0.76/$1000) in 2018. The owner of a $400,000 home would see an annual increase of approximately $24 in 2015, over 2014 costs.
The levy pays for: basic education (additional staff, classroom materials, etc), athletics, arts, Farm-to-School and food service, utilities, custodial, routine maintenance, special education, bilingual education, student transportation, and other school costs.
The Replacement Levy funds will not go toward expenses such as those Lopez School proposed in a bond measure last spring, according to Superintendent Bill Evans. These levy funds are for supporting the academic and day-to-day operations of the school, he said.