Levy FAQs

Levy Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is a levy and how is it different from a bond?

This levy is a request by a school district of voters to continue property taxes for a limited number of years to fund district operations costs. Local levies bridge the gap between state funding and what it actually costs to operate schools.

Whereas levies pay for enhanced staffing for special programs and lower class sizes; underfunded and unfunded programs; facility maintenance; and needed supplies, bonds pay for the construction of buildings.

An easy way to remember the difference is the phrase: "Levies are for Learning, Bonds are for Building."

What do levies pay for?

Levies bridge the gap between what Washington State funds school districts and what actual district operations cost. Levies pay for much of what schools need to provide a quality education for students including:

    Academic Programs and Classroom Supports
    All Extracurricular Activities
    Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses
    Certificated and Classified Staff for programs like Special Education, Highly Capable, and English Language Learners
    Curriculum Materials and Training
    Early Childhood Learning
    Guidance Counselors 
    Professional Development for Teachers including professional learning days, training, and workshops
    Reduced Class Sizes
    Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) courses
    Substitute Teachers
    Teacher Mentoring

Why is local funding necessary - isn’t the state required to pay for basic education?

Despite changes to school funding made by the legislature, Washington State still does not fully fund school districts.

Local levy dollars bridge the gap between what the state pays and the actual costs of operating our schools. You can learn more about school funding from ESD 112's Seeds of School Funding Website.

You can also watch this video to learn more:

What is the estimated levy rate per $1,000 of assessed property value?

The Board of Directors elected to keep the estimated levy rate unchanged from the expiring levy this EP&O Levy replaces at the end of 2020:
 Year Estimated
Levy Rate*
This Year $2.01 $2,000,000
2021 $2.01 $2,100,000
2022 $2.01 $2,210,000
2023 $2.01 $2,300,000

* Tax rates are per $1,000 of assessed property value. Future tax rates are estimates. 

How much of the levy funds may be used to pay for the Community Pool?

The Board of Directors has approved up to 1% of levy funds to support the Community Pool under the condition that community partnerships pay for the remaining costs to operate the pool. Should partnerships not be established by December 31, 2020, up to 1% of the 2021 levy funds will be used to close and/or repurpose the pool facility for other school district needs.

If the levy passes, will the district be add enhanced electives?

The community has expressed interest in a variety of different subject areas ranging from core curriculum to enhanced Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses such as woodshop, metalworking and enhanced art classes. With the levy funding affecting nearly every part of the district's budget, the levy's passage or failure directly impacts the district's capability to offer courses, extracurricular activities, and other programs.

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