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By Michele Smith
The Times 

'Levy Cliff' Measure Signed Into Law

Local levy collections are extended while waiting for state school-funding increase


DAYTON—Last week, Washington Governor Jay Inslee signed Senate Bill 5023, the “levy cliff” measure, into law.

The bill extends the safety net for local levy collections an additional year. According to local school officials, this was needed because the State Legislature has reduced the amount of money local school districts can collect from voter-approved M&O levies, in anticipation of full funding for basic education, as ordered by the State Supreme Court, in the McCleary ruling.

“The bill is a plus,” said Dayton School Superintendent Doug Johnson. “It does let us know the le...

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