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Kiona-Benton’s EP&O Levy

The Kiona-Benton City School Board approved a resolution at last night’s regular board meeting that places a two-year Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) Levy on the February 14th Special Election. The 2023 levy will renew our district’s current levy, which was approved in 2021 by local voters and must be renewed after two years.
 
The proposed 2023 levy tax rate is the same amount ($1.50) residents are currently paying. Kiona-Benton’s levy is the lowest tax rate compared to our five neighboring Benton County school districts (Richland, Kennewick, Finley, Prosser, and Grandview). 
 
The Ki-Be Levy relies on local dollars to support local students and pay for programs not fully funded by the state of Washington. If voters approve the Levy on February 14th, levy funds will help pay for Ki-Be:

  • Athletics
  • Safety staff and annual training
  • Counselors
  • Extracurricular activities
  • Music and the arts
  • Nurses
  • Special education
  • Smaller class sizes
  • Advanced courses
  • Technology

More information about the EP&O Levy can be found on our website at www.kibesd.org/levy. Residents can expect to see more about the levy coming from the district after winter break. Only residents living within the Kiona-Benton City School District boundaries will see the EP&O Levy on their February 14th ballot. Make sure you receive a ballot and can cast your vote by registering to vote online at voter.votewa.gov or in-person at the local County Auditor’s Office. All ballots must be returned by 8:00 PM on Tuesday, February 14th!