Green Mountain Hockinson Woodland levies pass

first_imgArea voters overwhelmingly supported levy-renewal proposals for the Green Mountain, Hockinson and Woodland school districts during Tuesday’s special election, according to unofficial results from Clark and Cowlitz counties.Elsewhere, voters in Skamania County passed the first-ever levy in the Stevenson-Carson School District.Levies are taxes assessed on property owners to help pay for daily maintenance, operations of schools and other programs not paid for by the state or federal governments . Levies require 50 percent plus one vote to pass. Voting wrapped at 8 p.m. Tuesday.Levies were particularly important this year, officials said, because a statewide $1 billion shortfall could lead to significant education cuts for the 2012-2013 school year. The Washington Legislature is weighing several potential cuts, including one to levy equalization dollars, which aid districts that collect less from property tax dollars.HOCKINSONHockinson was the only school district to have two levies on Clark County’s ballot.The district’s two four-year levies will pay the difference between state payment allocations and actual operating costs, plus fund technology and school improvements. The operating levy received 1,221 “yes” votes, or 60.42 percent, as opposed to 800 “no” votes, or 39.58 percent.The technology and school improve-ments levy was contingent on the operations levy passing. The second levy passed with 1,206 votes in favor, or 59.85 percent, versus 809 votes against, or 40.15 percent.last_img read more