By SVERRE BAKKE
Voters in the White Salmon Valley, Glenwood, Lyle, and Klickitat school districts will decide the fates of maintenance and operations levies on Tuesday, Feb. 3.
White Salmon, Glenwood, and Lyle districts are seeking voter approval of two-year replacement levies, while Klickitat is asking voters to OK a three-year replacement levy.
Trout Lake School District voters passed a two-year, $186,000 M&O levy last year.
White Salmon Valley School District No. 405's proposed levy would replace the one that expires this year and would raise $1.425 million in local funding in both 2005 and 2006.
The levy rate in 2005 would be $2.43 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. It would drop to $2.39 in 2006.
For owners of property valued at $100,000, the school tax bill would be $243 in the first year and $239 in the second.
A minimum of 408 votes (out of a registered voter base of 3,551) must be cast to make the election legally valid. And, 60 percent of those (245) must be "Yes" votes in order for the levy to pass.
Glenwood School District No. 401's two-year replacement levy needs 42 votes (out of a possible 311) for validation and 26 "Yes" votes for passage.
The levy, at the rate of $2.8343/$1,000 of assessed valuation, would provide the district with $110,000 of taxpayers' money in both 2005 and 2006.
At least 64 of 351 registered voters must return mail-in ballots to the Klickitat County Auditor's Office to validate Klickitat School District No. 402's three-year replacement levy.
Of those 64 ballots, 39 must be marked "Yes" to give the measure the necessary 60 percent super-majority state law requires for passage.
If approved, the $4.00-per-$1,000 levy would furnish the school district with $90,000 a year in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
At the rate of $1.68 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, Lyle School District No. 406's two-year replacement levy would generate $255,000 in local support in both 2005 and 2006.
The measure must receive at least 218 votes (from a registered voter base of 1,637) for validation and 131 "Yes" votes for passage.
Polling places in the White Salmon, Glenwood, and Lyle school districts open at 7 a.m. on Feb. 3 and close at 8 p.m.
Mail-in and absentee ballots must be postmarked no later than Feb. 3, or returned to the Klickitat County Auditor's Office before 8 p.m. Feb. 3, to become part of the official count.