Would you pay more in property taxes for public schools?

The state cut back school funding this past legislative session, so the Edmonds School District might ask voters to make up the difference.

The district is considering putting a four-year supplemental levy proposal on the August ballot. It would raise about $6.4 million the first year (the same amount the district is trying to cut from the budget.)

“At this point the sense is that the state offered this tool to the voters as a temporary way of mitigating the significant impacts of reduced state funding. Rather than making a decision by not even putting it on the ballot, an August vote allows the parents and community to decide,” Edmonds School District Executive Director Marla Miller told me.

The measure would cost the owner of a $350,000 home an extra $100 per year, according to the Herald.

The District, which is trying to mend a large budget gap, held a series community meetings this month to get input on the proposed cutbacks.

“The feedback has generally been supportive of the ideas on the list, with a strong element of frustration at the fact we have been forced to make cuts for so many years in a row,” Miller said.

The Board will finalize its budget in August.

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