Cuts loom for Hockinson School District if levies fail in April

Posted On Sep 19 2019 by

first_imgBRUSH PRAIRIE — More than 40 school districts around the state ran programs and operations levies on Feb. 13, but Hockinson School District was the only one in the state where the measure didn’t pass.In Hockinson, the replacement three-year levy failed with 52.54 percent of the 2,739 total votes coming against the levy. A three-year technology levy drew less support, with 53.94 of the vote going against the measure.Now Hockinson officials have to start working on the budget for the 2019-2020 school year while the district prepares to put both levies before the voters again on April 23. Ballots go out the first week of April.A school district can only run levies for election twice in a calendar year, so if these don’t pass in April, the district can’t run them again until 2020.If the two levies pass, the district’s budget should be sound for the upcoming school year, Superintendent Sandra Yager said. If they fail, the district will have to make cuts. Yager said the cuts would range from $1.5 million to $1.8 million for the 2019-2020 school year.last_img read more