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Battle Ground School District seeks levy to maintain schools

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A levy to help maintain the Battle Ground School District failed this week leaving many wondering what could happen to the district.

The district does have one more chance to convince voters to approve the levy, or else the district could possibly go bankrupt.

District officials said the levy would have covered 20 percent of its budget.

It's money that's necessary to keep the district running.

For many years, the school district has counted on levy money from the community to help keep all its schools running.

This particular levy was asking for $24.4 million the first year, and several million more over the next four years.

It would have meant a tax where district residents would have seen a new property tax rate of $4.49 per $1,000 of assessed home value, once the current levy expired on December 31, 2013. 

The levy needed just over 50 percent of voters to approve it, but it only got 46 percent.

"It would have made some improvements and things we feel were frankly behind some of the other districts, including some technology improvements and so forth. It was a little bit better than bare minimum," said Gregg Herrington, with the Battle Ground School District

Officials said this levy is important and crucial to the district.

"This is a really good school district and I can't imagine why people didn't get out there and vote. We need this to pass," said Jamie Pearson, a concerned parent with two kids in the Battle Ground School District.

The district has one more chance to get voters to approve this levy.

If it fails the second time, the district said it could possibly run out of money and have to go bankrupt.

In the worst-case scenario would mean the district would no longer exist, and all the schools would be absorbed into neighboring districts.

The district is meeting on Feb. 25 to decide whether to ask for less money or keep the amount the same amount for the next levy.

It'll then go back to the voters on April 23.

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