NASELLE - The voters of the Naselle-Grays River Valley School District will be voting on a maintenance and operations replacement levy on Tuesday, Feb. 3. The levy, if approved, will replace the current M/O levy and will help finance the school district's operations for the next two years, during 2005 and 2006.

The ballot measure, as described in the Pacific County Voters Guide, states:

BALLOT MEASURE

FEBRUARY 3, 2004 -

SPECIAL ELECTION

PROPOSITION NO. 1,

NASELLE-GRAYS RIVER VALLEY SCHOOL

DIST. NO. 155 SCHOOL

PROGRAM LEVIES

The Board of Directors of Naselle-Grays River Valley No. 155 adopted Resolution No. 030401 concerning a proposition for partial financing of the District's educational programs. This proposition would authorize the levy of the following excess taxes for the District's General Fund upon all taxable property in the District, to replace the expiring levy, to pay a portion of the District's operation and maintenance expenses: Collection Year/Approx. Levy Rate Per $1,000 Assessed Valuation/Levy Amount

2005 $3.07 $526,000

2006 $2.98 $526,000

As specified in Resolution No. 030401, should this proposition be approved? Yes or No.

Chairman of the citizens' committee for the passage of the levy Mike Swanson stated, "This levy will be a replacement levy for one which expires this year. It is is an important part of the school district's operating budget as the State does not provide the funds necessary to operate the district.

"With the approval of these funds, the programs which the district currently has in place will generally be able to be continued. Without the levy approval, the district will be faced with having to cut or reduce in several areas that are vital to our children's' education. Please remember that this levy just 'replaces' the current one at the exact same dollar amount," Swanson concluded.

New voters in the school district, or voters wishing to transfer their registration due to a change of residence, may do so in person by Jan. 16 in the County Auditors' offices in Cathlamet, South Bend, or Long Beach.

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