Pioneer SD Proposed M&O Levy In February 2014

On February 11, 2014 Pioneer School District will run a regularly scheduled replacement of the Maintenance and Operation Levy. The Pioneer School District Board of Directors voted to reduce the Maintenance and Operations Levy collection for the 2015, 2016, and 2017 calendar years. If approved, the 2015 levy represents a reduction of over $400,000 from the voter approved 2014 levy collection.

The current levy amount:

  • $3.25 million in 2014 (voter approved on February 8, 2011)
    • Collected at an estimated rate of $2.35 per $1000 assessed value

 

The proposed levy amounts:

  • $2.85 million in 2015 (a 12.48% decrease over the 2014 levy of $3.25 million)
    • Collected at an estimated rate of $2.32 per $1000 assessed value
  • $2.89 million in 2016 (a 11.16% decrease over 2014)
    • Collected at an estimated rate of $2.32 per $1000 assessed value
  • $2.93 million in 2017 (a 9.83% decrease over 2014)
    • Collected at an estimated rate of $2.32 per $1000 assessed value

The Maintenance and Operations Levy is not a new tax. It will replace the current levy which expires at the end of 2014. Every three years, District residents are asked to renew the levy.

The levy allows the District to continue basic operations which are not fully funded by the State and Federal Government. Local levy money makes up about 30% of the District's annual operating budget. The local levy dollars support: Custodial/ maintenance needs, early learning program, extracurricular programs/athletics, non-high school fees, regular classroom/special program teachers, school safety needs, teacher training, technology, transportation, etc.

The Mason County Auditor's Office will mail out election ballots to all Pioneer School District residents around January 24. A 50% yes vote is required for approval.

For more information, please contact: Marty Brewer at 360-426-9115, ext. 3.

December 20, 2013/Pioneer School District Pres Release