To the editor — On Feb. 12, Selah residents will be asked to approve a replacement maintenance levy. The current levy expires in December 2013. The replacement levy would continue the current funding for another three years. This is not a new tax.

While I commend the Selah School District for finally presenting a bond for a new school and renovations that the voters passed, I am concerned voters won’t pass the levy. I think it is important to understand the facts of this request. Unlike the bond for new buildings passed in 2012, the revenue generated by this replacement levy is spent on academic programs that the state currently does not fund.

Specifically, levy funds are spent on supplies, materials, activities, technology, school nurses, teachers to keep class sizes lower, among other things. Rejecting this levy would result in the loss of 21 percent of the school’s operating budget, which would be an incredible burden to overcome.

Please continue funding Selah schools and vote yes on the levy.