Wednesday, January 23, 2002
Joy Collins, 365-5102
Barbara Sexton, 365-5374
The school's Maintenance and Operation Levy will be on the ballot Feb. 5.
What is an M & O Levy? This allows school districts to collect local money necessary to provide appropriate educational programs, given the shortfall in state education funding. The state does not supply all the money to maintain and operate schools and education programs. Levies are for a fixed amount, collected for 1-4 years. Lyle's is for two years and will be used for general maintenance and operations (M&O) of the schools and associated and educational programs.
How much money will be collected? This will be a replacement levy figured at the current per thousand rate that is now being collected. The per thousand rate is $1.68 and will generate $255,000. This is the lowest rate per thousand in Klickitat County, other rates range from $2.55 in White Salmon to $3 in Centerville.
Will this tax be added to the previous approved levy? No, special levies are for a fixed amount and then expire. Lyle has historically approved these levies, therefore the vote is to replace the expiring levy.
Do we get equalization funds from the State of Washington? Yes, approximately $115,000 in equalization funds are available to Lyle Schools. This comes from the state's general fund, if we don't pass the levy these tax dollars, which we have already paid, go to another school district.
Are senior citizens or disabled persons eligible for any exemptions? Yes, property owners 61 years of age or older or those permanently disabled with incomes of $30,000 or less, may qualify for an exemption. Contact the Klickitat County Assessor's office at 773-3715 for more details.
These property taxes may be deducted from your Federal Income Taxes if you itemize your deductions.
Kilroy was Here! Coming in March
On March 22 and 23, Dallesport Elementary Drama Students will present a two-hour musical salute to the armed forces for their spring drama production, "Kilroy was Here!" The play was written by Tim Kelly and music and lyrics by Bill Francoeur.
We invite the public to attend the meetings of the Lyle Community Action Council, held the 4th Monday of each month. This month, Jan. 28, the council will host Klickitat County PUD.
Lyle History: From a book titled "History of Klickitat County" 1982, published by Klickitat Historical Society. Van Corfix Sorensen.
Van Corfix Sorensen came to Wilmington, N.C. with his parents from Odder, Denmark, in 1889 at the age of eleven. In 1893, he migrated with his parents to Lyle, Washington and lived on Fisher Hill where his parents acquired a homestead.
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