Westside voters on Tuesday approved the district’s fourth tax levy override by what appears to be the largest margin in the levy's nearly 15-year history.
According to unofficial results of the special election, 65.5 percent of voters favored the override, which allows the district to exceed the state-mandated limit on school property tax rates by up to 10 cents.
In the last such vote in 2007, the margin was 57 percent. Previous votes were closer.
David Woodke, school board president, said the vote was an overwhelming show of support for the district and its financing.
Superintendent Blane McCann said the district appreciates the confidence voters have shown by allowing the district to continue the 10-cent override.
The current 10-cent override, which voters approved in 2007, expires at the end of the school year. The district currently is using about 9.5 cents of the override authority.
The measure approved Tuesday would be in place for the 2013-14 school year and extend for five years. The district has had an override in place since 1998.
The 10 cents comes in addition to the maximum levy set by the state of $1.05 per $100 of assessed value. It will mean an additional $100 on a home valued for tax purposes at $100,000 -- the same as under the current levy -- or $250 for a home valued at $250,000.
For the district, the override would net about $16 million for the district over the five years if fully tapped.
The override funds typically have helped to support smaller class sizes, particularly at the elementary level, and to provide competitive salaries and benefits for teachers. Westside also has earmarked funds for technology and building upgrades.