Douglas County school districts ask voters to pass four levies

WATERVILLE — Voters in four Douglas County school districts should receive ballots this week for levy measures.

Voters in Bridgeport, Orondo, Mansfield and Palisades school districts will receive the ballots. They should be completed and mailed or dropped off at a ballot drop-off box by Feb. 9.

Each of the four districts are asking voters to approve replacement maintenance and operation levies that would pay for school costs not covered by state basic education funds.

Levy funds are typically used for extra-curricular programs including sports, music, preschool and after-school learning, college credit courses, career and technical education, transportation and basic maintenance.

Levy passage also qualifies most schools for more state levy-equalization funds.

Here are the ballot measures:

Bridgeport School District: A four-year maintenance and operations levy to replace an expiring levy. The new levy is estimated to cost $2 per $1,000 home valuation. It will raise $279,515 in 2017, rising incrementally to $287,985 in 2020.

Orondo School District: A two-year maintenance and operations levy to replace a levy that expires this year. It’s estimated to cost $2.62 per $1,000 property valuation. The levy would collect $938,000 each year.

Mansfield School District: A four-year maintenance and operations levy to replace the levy that expires this year. The new levy is estimated to cost $1.89 per $1,000 home value. It would raise $150,000 each year from 2017 through 2020.

Palisades School District: A two-year maintenance and operations levy to replace the levy that expires this year. It would cost an estimated $1.97 per $1,000 property value. The levy would collect $106,639 in 2017, and $108,771 in 2018.