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BUDGET: Many districts would lose all LEA funds

Letter by Ruth A. Russell, Gig Harbor on Nov. 22, 2011 at 2:21 pm with No Comments »
November 23, 2011 9:26 am

Re: “Tacoma schools fear state cuts” (TNT, 11-22).

The article notes that Gov. Chris Gregoire “proposed a cut of 50 percent of levy equalization (LEA) dollars . . . a reduction of more than $3.1 million for Tacoma.”

However, the 50 percent proposal has a “tier approach,” in which 96 school district would lose 100 percent of their LEA funding. The following Pierce County districts are among those that would lose all of their levy equalization: Puyallup, Steilacoom, Sumner, Tacoma, University Place and White River.

Other districts that would lose 50 percent are Bethel, Clover Park and Franklin Pierce. Tax rates in these districts may go higher in the future if LEA revenue is lost.

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