HR Schools Begin Prep To Ask For Local Option Renewal

The Hood River County School District board held its first discussions about renewing the local option levy that has been in existence since 2005-06.  The district is in the final year of a five-year local option levy of a $1.25 per $1,000 of assessed property value.  That is the voter approved rate first established in 2008-09, down from a $1.50 in the first three-year levy approved in 2005-06.  District board chair Mark Johnson says the district’s budget committee will have to discuss a rate for the upcoming request, but he points out the local option has become a lifeline for the district.  The board’s opening discussion centered around process toward putting together a proposal to place on the May ballot, and Johnson expects that to ramp up at the start of the year.