Replacement of Expiring Levy for Educational Programs and Operations Communications

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Sunday Evening News

11/5/17
For decades, each school district in our state has needed to request money for schools from local levies. When I was a student in the Enumclaw School District, these levies occurred every two years. Because of the expense of elections to school districts (we have to use tax payer money in order to put an item on the ballot), the state has allowed school districts to extend the time period to four years. It is our goal to stay on the same election cycle as many of our neighboring school districts. The last passage of our four-year Maintenance and Operations Levy was in February 2014 with a replacement ballot measure coming in February 2018 (three months).

When the state legislature finalized their work on July 20, 2017 (three months ago), they had made some significant changes for how school districts must collect local money from a levy. These changes fall into two major categories:

Change #1: Amount of levies
The legislature has established guidelines for districts. The base guideline is districts collect the lower of either $1.50 per 1,000 of property value or $2,500 per student. For our school district the lesser is $1.50 per 1,000 of property value. The $1.50 per 1,000 is a significantly lower tax rate than the one we passed in 2014 which was on the ballot for $3.89 per 1,000 of property value.

If you are thinking how can we function at this lower local funding level, you asked the same question I did! :) The legislature has used other funding mechanisms at the state level (including raising property taxes....decided by their vote) to make up the difference decided by local voters. When the numbers are finalized we are hoping to be provided with additional funding than we were previously funded. The intent of the McCleary lawsuit, http://www.k12.wa.us/Communications/HotTopics/HotTopic-McCleary.pdf was for an increase in money toward public education. Because of the complexity of these changes, we are still in the process of receiving this information from our local Puget Sound Educational Service District and OSPI.

Change #2: Name of levies:
The second change is in the title of the levy used by districts across our state. Instead of Maintenance and Operations Levy, it will now be called Educational Programs and Operations.

Having given you this global background, here are some key bits of information for each of you.

Levy Title: Educational Programs and Operations (The updated levy title is "Replacement Of Expiring Levy For Educational Programs And Operations".)

Date: February 13, 2018

Tax Rate: $1.50 per 1,000 of property value (significantly less than our measure in 2014)

Levy dollars provide for enrichment activities beyond the state allocation including but not limited to: reduced class size, early learning, special education, special programs, athletics & activities, security and professional development.

I will continue to provide you with information about this election for our school district. As a global reminder, we can only provide information about the levy to our families.

Until next week, Happy Learning!
Mike