• Replacement Educational Programs, Maintenance and Operations Levy provides 26 cents of every dollar spent in classrooms, for student learning, teacher materials , teacher training and other school and district operations each year. The Replacement Education levy will renew the district’s current four-year levy, which expires in 2016. Voter approval is required to maintain this source of funding, which contributes to:

    • classroom materials,
    • textbooks,
    • lower class size,
    • teacher salaries,
    • support staff,
    • school building maintenance,
    • school bus transportation, fuel and maintenance,
    • school lunches,
    • music,
    • theather and arts,
    • athletics and more.

    School districts in Washington State are funded by three main sources:

    • state funding, which makes up the largest portion of school funding, comes to us based on the number of students attending our schools;
    • federal funding, which is less than 9% of the district’s budget, comes to us for specific student programs; and,
    • local levy funding, which makes up more than 26 cents of every dollar spent in classrooms and around the district, is only provided if local voters approve the funding. This funding expires every 3-4 years and must be re-approved by voters. (This is not a new tax: it replaces one that expires in 2016.)

    Money for building schools and technology is raised through separate ballot measures such as capital levies. These dollars can only be spent on that specific purpose. They can’t be transferred to the general operating fund to pay for something else. So we can’t, for example, decide to use the money from the technology levy or new computers to pay for more teachers: that would be illegal. We also can’t decide to use the money set aside for building a new school or modernizing existing schools to pay for anything in the general operating budget, like staffing, supplies or textbooks.

Year Replacement Educational Programs/M&O Rate Capital Facilities Rate/Old bond debt Total Tax Rate
2016 $2.35 $0.43/$2.57 $5.35
2017 $2.30 $1.31/$1.34 $4.96
2018 $2.73 (est) $1.34/$1.38 (est) $5.45 (est)
2019 $2.85 (est) $1.25/$1.35 (est) $5.45 (est)
2020 $2.96 (est) $1.18/$1.31 (est) $5.45 (est)