TONASKET – The Tonasket School Board voted to lower their levy rate back down to $2.22 per $1,000 of assessed valuation after discovering the total assessed valuation for school district has increased $80 million to $439 million.
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Leonard M. Schweitzer died on March 9, 2010 at the age of 66 after a long battle with cancer.
Everett Guy Vance, 94, of Tonasket, passed away Dec. 29, 2009, at the Wenatchee Valley Hospital, following complications from the return of prostate cancer treated previously in 1996.
Joy O’Neil Sevy, born July 13, 1926, passed away on Feb. 22, 2010. He was raised in Palo Alto, Calif. where he fell in love with and married Alberta J. Upton. In 1962 they moved to a ranch in Christian Valley of British Columbia, then to Penticton and lastly Osoyoos
It with great sorrow that I announce the loss of my sweetheart and good friend to many people in Oroville, Shirley Jean Clark.
Our beloved Mildred Steele passed away on March 2, 2010 at Regency Manor in Chelan, Wash. She was born in a wagon on June 17, 1924 in Vernon, B.C. to Joseph Richard Marchand and Julia Tonasket.
Rosie Scott, age 88, of Tonasket died on Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at Okanogan-Douglas District Hospital in Brewster.
Wallace E. Shearer Sr., 84, of Tonasket passed away Tuesday, March 2, 2010 at North Valley Extended Care Nursing Home after an extended illness.
TONASKET – The Tonasket School Board set their levy rate at $2.39 per $1,000 of assessed property value, which will bring in $860,550 for the next two school years.
“This is a replacement maintenance and operations levy,” Catherine Stangland, board chairwoman, said. “Although this is a rate increase of 17 cents, assuming the Levy Equalization Act dollars remain the same, this levy actually does not replace the levy we passed two years ago. The state has already eliminated $100,000 from our budget this year, which we had already budgeted. We are anticipating another $200,000 in cuts.”
King County Superior Court Judge John Erlick recently ruled that the legislature is in violation of Article IX section 1 of the Washington State Constitution to provide state funding for public schools. That section states, “It is the paramount duty of the state to make ample provision for the education of all children residing within its borders, without distinction or preference on account of race, color, caste, or sex.” Judge Erlick left it up to the legislature to resolve the problem of how to address their constitutional responsibilities. But with the current legislative session scheduled to end this week, it is still unclear that anything will be done this session to address the Judge’s decision.