Official Voter’s Pamphlet

The Richland School Board has approved the 2017-18 levy amounts/rates for the February 9 election. There will be no increase in the Richland School District tax rate if voters approve the operations levy. The proposed rates will bring in additional levy dollars because of the increase in assessed valuation.

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*Estimated rate per $1000 of assessed valuation

 

  • The operations levy is not a new tax.
  • It will replace the current levy which expires at the end of 2016.
  • Every two years, RSD residents are asked to renew the levy.

 

“This levy allows us to offer quality instruction and maintain a fiscally sound budget,” said Superintendent Rick Schulte. “Enrollment is growing about 350 students per year and we’ll be opening our fourth middle school in August 2017 so these additional dollars are needed.”

Local levy money makes up about 17% of the District’s annual operating budget. The state does not fully fund basic operations including: instructional materials, art/music/library, transportation, athletics/activities, utilities expenses, and technology enhancement.

The Benton County Auditor’s Office will mail out election ballots to all Richland School District residents around January 20. A 50% yes vote is required for approval.