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Board Opts for August 4th Replacement Levy Election

Centralia School District will seek replacement of their expiring Educational Programs and Operations levy in the August 4th election. The District’s board of directors has unanimously approved a resolution to seek to replace the expiring levy with a new two-year levy generating $5.3 million per year beginning in 2021. Using current property value projections, the district estimates the new levy will have a rate of approximately $2 per $1,000 in assessed value.

Centralia had planned to hold a second-attempt election in April. However, the COVID-19 crisis and advice from both the Lewis County Auditor and Washington’s Secretary of State led the board of directors to rescind that plan.

Centralia School District is currently planning for an $11.9 million budget reduction for 2020-21. That figure takes a complete loss of levy funding and associated local effort assistance (sometimes called ‘equalization’) into account. Passage of a replacement levy would alleviate some of those reductions, but not eliminate them completely.

Community members with questions about the replacement levy can email levyquestions@centraliaschools.org or call 360-330-7600. “We are practicing social distancing in our district office, so staff may not immediately be available to take phone calls, but we will return calls and emails as soon as possible,” said Communications Coordinator, Ed Petersen. “We will also plan for a number of information sharing events such as forums, live streams, informational videos, and other resources to help share information as much as possible. Forums may have to be held online via live stream broadcast, but we will make sure the board and our administration are connected to the community as we head into the August election.”

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