Two levy measures that will continue funding for basic programs/services and technology were approved by Vancouver voters on Feb. 12. Preliminary election results show both levies passing: the education and operations levy with 64.47 percent support and the technology levy with 62.63 percent support. Both levies needed a simple majority of yes votes to pass.
In past elections, the percentage of yes votes increased as additional ballots were counted after Election Day. The 2019 results will be certified on Friday, Feb. 22.
“I am extremely proud of our community,” said Board President Rosemary Fryer. “The passage of the levies shows the high regard our voters hold for our school district and the education of our children and youth.”
The four-year education and operations levy continues local funding through 2023. At the new state cap of $1.50 per $1,000 estimated property value, it makes up about 12 percent of the district’s general fund budget.
The replacement technology levy, first approved in 2013, continues local funding through 2025. It makes up about 2.2 percent of the district’s budget. The tech levy enables the district to replace and update digital devices, such as iPads and laptop computers, for all students in grades 3-12. It also provides funds for teacher training on the effective use of technology for teaching and learning.
“Vancouver voters have shown their support for our schools consistently for more than 50 years, and I am grateful for this vote of confidence,” said Superintendent Steve Webb. “Although we now must address budget challenges due to the state’s new funding system, the local levies will help meet the needs of our students and prepare them for college, careers and life.”