The Bellevue School Board approved putting two levies on the February ballot to replace levies that will expire in the next two years. Voters will decide on...

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The Bellevue School Board approved putting two levies on the February ballot to replace levies that will expire in the next two years.

Voters will decide on a maintenance-and-operations levy of about $136 million and a capital-project levy of approximately $51 million.

The maintenance-and-operations levy replaces one that expires in 2006 and represents 21 percent of the district’s operating budget. The levy would raise about $34 million a year for four years. It would help fill the gaps between school needs and state funding, such as helping the district hire more teachers to reduce class size and buy new textbooks and materials. The levy would begin taxing property owners at $1.06 per $1,000 of their property’s assessed valuation. It would rise incrementally to $1.13 in 2010.

The capital-projects levy would replace one that expires in 2007 and would allow the district to improve technology that helps students learn and improve communication between schools and parents.

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The levy also would pay for equipment and small facilities projects. That levy would raise about $10.2 million a year for five years and would tax property owners at 10 cents per $1,000 of their property’s assessed value the first year.

It would rise to 26 cents in 2008 and 47 cents in 2009, then drop to 42 cents in 2010 and 32 cents in 2011.