Voters in Selah and Toppenish school districts will begin receiving their ballots on Wednesday for the Feb. 12 special election.
Voters in those districts will decide whether to extend expiring maintenance and operation levies.
Selah’s proposed three-year levy would collect $3.71 for every $1,000 of assessed property tax value, or $371 for a $100,000 home, same as its current levy. It would be expected to generate a little more than $5 million, or about 17 percent of the district’s $31 million operating budget. The district would also receive $1.7 million in state funds.
Toppenish’s proposed four-year $4.4 million levy would cost property owners about $2 per $1,000 of assessed value. The owner of a $100,000 home, for example, would continue to pay about $200 a year. School officials say if the measure is approved the district would also stand to receive about $4.4 million each year in state matching funds.
Yakima County elections manager Kathy Fisher said the county will send out 15,460 ballots total for the election. Fisher said projecting turnout for a special election is difficult because the number of issues and municipalities on the ballot vary.