School Funding

Ridgefield School District to try alternative tax on August 2

The Ridgefield School District Board of Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday night to impose a replacement levy on the Aug. 2 primary and special election ballot.

The replacement maintenance and operations charge approved by the board is not a new tax; rather, it would replace the current levy when it expires at the end of 2022.

Similar to the measure passed by Evergreen Public Schools last month, Ridgefield’s replacement tax would fund things like health and nursing services and after-school programs like athletics and the performing arts that don’t are not fully funded by the state.

“The maintenance and operation tax is essential to the proper functioning of schools in Ridgefield,” Superintendent Nathan McCann said in a statement. “Renewing our current levy funding is a community investment that ensures we can continue to provide the high-quality, comprehensive education that our students and their families have counted on from the district.”

The current levy is funded by a tax rate of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value. If approved, levy funding will be renewed at the same rate of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value for calendar years 2023, 2024 and 2025. District officials say Ridgefield has the second rate of lowest school property tax of any K-12 district in Clark County. .

Unlike Ridgefield’s blanket bond measure which was recently voted down by voters, the replacement levy measure does not fund any new construction projects and only requires a simple majority to pass.