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By Garth Meyer
Gazette Reporter 

School levies test state's limit


January 31, 2019

School levies to go before voters in Colton and Oakesdale in two weeks are against the law.

Last February, the Colton school board approved a levy for 2019 at $3.08 per thousand dollars of assessed property value. In June, the Washington state legislature made a rule to cap the limit at $1.50 per thousand.

“We’re in a really unique spot,” said Paul Clark, who was named Colton Superintendent last July.

The district has since dropped its asking rate for its 2020 levy to $2.50 per thousand, which also is not allowed unless the legislature makes changes again.

“It looks like they will c...

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