Photo: courtesy Centralia School District CENTRALIA – Centralia Schools’ two year tax levy is now being approved by voters. After a too close to call election night ballot count, an additional 400 mailed-in or dropped off ballots were counted Wednesday pushing the levy over the top with 50.6% approval, or by 69 votes. Superintendent Lisa Grant said, “I have the pleasure of sharing some happy news” at Wednesday night’s Centralia School Board meeting. Superintendent Lisa Grant said she is appreciative of the community’s support as the passage of the levy is “About our students, our community, our future. A huge thank you first to our community for their support to enable us to serve our students and our community.” Board President Lori Fast says the school district will continue it’s work on transparency, “We will be providing an actual breakdown on where the levy dollars are being spent and continue to listen to our stakeholders.” The tax levy replaces one that expired last year, and will collect $1.50 for every one thousand dollars of property value for two years beginning next year in support of student and staff programs and services. Any remaining ballots that were mailed in Tuesday and have not yet been received by the county election office will be counted May 6 and the levy election certified May 7.

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