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Corvallis Schools see solid future investment from levy proposal

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CORVALLIS - Corvallis School leaders say a proposed “building reserve levy” will help the district purchase a piece of property that’s key to efficient operations and growth.

On Tuesday, voters are being asked to approve the five-year package allowing the district to purchase 21-acres from Ravalli Electric Cooperative, which is planning to move to a new headquarters location. 

“We’re busting at the seams when it comes to enrollment right now, and we want to make sure we can address some of the current issues with our school district, and also into the future," said Corvallis School Superintendent Tim Johnson. "So this is really a big opportunity for this community to sound off as to whether or not this is something they’d like to invest in.”

The district has been leasing five acres from the co-op for some facilities for several years. Buying the full 21-acres not only keeps access to the leased land, but gives the district an option to use some of the REC buildings for operations and storage, and even specialized instructional space for the Corvallis Primary School, where climbing enrollment has space at a premium. 

And Johnson says keeping all the school facilities together is a smart move for the future.

“The properties are adjoining. They are next to each other. And so our ability to share equipment when it comes to maintenance, just the location and transportation when it comes to students and staff being in one place is just makes it a lot easier for operation," Johnson said. "It makes it more efficient, more cost effective than having satellite campuses throughout the district.”

There’s no bond issue in this proposal. The district would borrow the $1.7 million purchase price from the state, and then pay back the loan over five years with revenue from the reserve levy. The levy would cost taxpayers just over $70 per $200,000 of assessed valuation. 

In addition to absentee ballots, Corvallis voters can cast ballots Tuesday in the High School gym from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. 

More information about the levy is available from the district’s website.

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