Washington Senate proposal would limit claims on school levies, as voters consider several measures that would raise taxes

A group of state lawmakers wants to limit the pitches school districts can make to voters for more taxpayer money, as many Spokane County schools seek higher rates through levies on the ballot this spring.

Most of the school districts in Spokane County seeking levy changes on Tuesday’s special elections ballot emphasize that property owners will merely extend an existing tax by voting in favor.

But that extension, in almost every instance, will lead to higher property tax payments in 2022 and beyond. A bill under consideration in the state Senate would prevent districts from using language that has been common in messaging about the levies from school districts

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