REMINDER: Ballots due Tuesday in Dieringer special election for levy replacement

According to Superintendent Judy Neumeier-Martinson, the levy makes up a "significant portion" - more than 32 percent - of the tiny district's overall budget.

Residents in the Dieringer School District should be receiving ballots this week for the district’s Educational Programs and Operations Replacement levy, part of the Feb. 14 special election.

According to Superintendent Judy Neumeier-Martinson, the levy makes up a “significant portion” – more than 32 percent – of the tiny district’s overall budget.

“This is a replacement of the current levy that is in place,” she said.

But according to Neumeier-Martinson, the district this time around is asking for only 90 percent of the last levy, passed in 2010.

The district is asking voters to approve a two-year levy with a 2013 amount of $5.45 million and a 2014 amount of $5.75 million.

According to literature provided by the district, the levy is estimated to produce a tax rate of approximately $4.82 per $1,000 assessed value.

Neumeier-Martinson said the per thousand average may be a little higher than the previous levy due to falling values with in the district. According to the Superintendent, the Dieringer District had an estimated assessed value of $1.8 billion in 2008, though today that is estimated at $1.3 billion.

Meanwhile, Nuemeier-Martinson said Dieringer is the fastest-growing district in the county, percentage-wise with a growth rate of 5.31 percent, while the county average decreased by 0.02 percent

For Dieringer, that means an increase from 1,413 students last year to 1,488 this year.

Nuemeier-Martinson said costs within the district, such as fuel and utilities also continue to increase.

Money from the levy is used to keep class sizes at an “appropriate level,” according to Neumeier-Martinson, as well as to subsidize transportation, which the superintendent said is very expensive because none of the district’s students can walk to school.

Money from the levy is also used for educational and extracurricular programs.

“We’ve usually used those levy funds to keep our schools as much like a school as we can,” Neumeier-Martinson said.

There is no organized opposition to the levy.

Ballots in the all-mail special election must be postmarked by Feb. 14.

More in News

Briley Conant, second from the left, and Zach Pederson, far right, ask other Sumner high schoolers to link arms in a show of unity and support for each other and other students around the nation. Photo by Ray Still
Unity, ‘radical civility’ preached at walkout

Sumner High School joined thousands of other students in a nation-wide walkout last week.

Buckley double homicide suspect charged

Jared P. T. Standley, 21, was charged with killing his parents in Buckley last week.

Podcast, scholarship created in memory of two sons

The Babst Memorial Scholarship, in memory of Garrett and J.T. Babst, will go to an Auburn Mountainview High School student to support their decision to go into trade school.

Modern lights aim to tame 410 traffic

Rush hour traffic between Enumclaw and Buckley is a drag. But a DOT project to modernize Buckley’s traffic lights could make smooth sailing of future trips.

County planning to finish Enumclaw trail, build bridge over White River

$2.8 million was allotted in the state legislature’s capital budget this year to jumpstart the project, which is expected to be compete between 2020 and 2021.

Reality House invites parents of teenagers

The Rainier Foothills Wellness Foundation is hoping to educate parents about about how to talk to their kids about the dangers of alcohol and drugs.

Despite the threat of rain and wind, hundreds turned out at Allan Yorke Park and lit candles in memory of the deceased. Photo by Ray Still
Plateau community honors two who died in avalanche

Hundreds of friends and family members attended the police procession and candlelight vigil last week for James Larsen and Zach Roundtree.

Local skater gearing up for Worlds, next Winter Olympics

Corinne Stoddard is expected to make it big in the world inline speed skating championship games later this summer.

Most Read