Voters against school levies in Ridgefield, La Center

Early results on Tuesday night show victories for school funding measures in Ridgefield and La Center.

Each measure requires a simple majority to pass and would continue to pay for non-state-funded programs and staff, such as athletics, after-school activities, mental health services, and more.

Proposal #9 – Ridgefield

The Ridgefield School District‘s replacement educational programs and operating tax appear to be passing, with 57.48% votes in favor. The three-year levy would replace the current district levy when it expires at the end of 2022; collections would begin in 2023.

The levy would support the collection of approximately $1.50 per $1,000 of property assessment.

“I’m really excited and grateful,” said Joe Vance, Chairman of Ridgefield’s Board of Directors. “If it shows anything, it shows we have a large majority favoring schools in this county.”

This measure is different from the capital bond that Ridgefield unsuccessfully managed in February and April of this year, which would have funded the construction of a handful of new school buildings.

Proposal n°5 – The Center

The La Center School District’s replacement educational programs and operating tax also appear to pass, albeit by a smaller margin, with 51.08% voting in favor. Like Ridgefield, this three-year tax would replace the current funding measure when it expires in December and collections for the new tax would begin in 2023.

The La Center tax would also support the collection of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value through 2025.

“I’m hopeful and anxious,” La Center Superintendent Peter Rosenkranz said. “I’m surprised at the turnout, I thought there would be a lot more. But I don’t know what the next few days have in store for us.

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