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Renewing the local option levy would keep over 280 teachers in Beaverton schools without raising the current tax rate.

PMG PHOTO - The Beaverton School Board's local option levy renewal will be on the November ballot.After passing a 30-year capital improvement bond in May, Beaverton School District voters will now decided whether to renew a local option levy in November.

The Beaverton school board unanimously voted to refer the levy renewal to the ballot during a board meeting Monday, Aug. 8.

If voters don't renew the levy, the additional funding that has allowed the school district to pay more than 280 of its teachers every year would expire on June 30, 2023.

"We know that teachers are really the backbone of our schools," school board Vice Chair Karen Pérez said in the meeting. "And students across the district, regardless of their background, deserve access to effective teachers and supports to thrive both in school and after graduation."

Voters renewed the levy back in 2018 to maintain teaching positions and class sizes. Since 2018, the levy has raised about $173 million to fund about 286 teaching positions each year.

The levy was first approved in 2013.

Renewal of the levy would not increase existing tax rates, but it would continue to cost local property owners $1.25 per $1,000 assessed property value. For an average home with a $303,000 assessed property value, that's about $32 per month — or just under $380 per year — which homeowners already pay.

The school board expects the levy renewal to generate around $40 million per year. All of that revenue would stay in the Beaverton School District and be used for teaching positions.

"Just as I supported the bond because I believed it was necessary for the success of our students," said board member Ugonna Enyinnaya, "I will also be supporting the local option levy."

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