2018 Replacement School Programs and Operations Levy

Election Day - Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Cover of Winter 2017 Newsletter

The Edmonds School District is holding an election Tuesday, February 13, 2018, with an important measure on the ballot: a Replacement School Programs and Operations Levy. Below you will find more detailed information on this measure.

“This measure is not additional funding – it is what we need in order to continue to operate each day,” School Board Member Gary Noble said. “It directly supports the learning and teaching in each classroom across our District in Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Woodway and unincorporated portions of south Snohomish County.”

The replacement levy directly funds classroom and support programs.

“The locally-funded levy is our second largest revenue source and remains critical to our success in supporting all students learning,” Superintendent Kris McDuffy said.

Board member Diana White added: “Our communities across the District are very supportive of its schools. The funding from this measure will allow us to continue our work in each school. We appreciate the public’s interest in learning more about this measure and encourage people to vote by February 13, 2018.”

Replacement School Programs and Operations Levy Election - Page one and two of Winter 2017 Newsletter

Second grade class in the library at Meadowdale Elementary
Librarian Diane Belote reads to a second-grade class. There are 1,544 kindergarten students attending 22 of Edmonds School District’s 35 schools and programs.

Questions & Answers

Why do communities have local programs and operations levies?

People want their local schools to provide better programs and services than what is possible when only funded by the state. In order to continue the present level of programs and services, the law requires that these replacement levies be renewed by voters.


What does renewal of the School Programs and Operations Levy funds support?

The School Programs and Operation Levy funds allow the District to provide local support for: additional teachers to help keep class sizes smaller; paraeducators and staff who support the educational program; safety and security personnel; textbooks and instructional materials; student transportation; athletics, music, drama, and student clubs and activities; services for students with special needs; support programs, services and technology; staff training to improve teaching and student learning. This levy will replace the current levy which ends in 2018. This is not an additional or new tax levy.


Why is there a decrease in the amount collected per thousand dollars of assessed valuation being proposed – $1.50 vs. $2.35?

The proposed rate of $1.50 per thousand of assessed valuation is a decrease from the current 2017 rate of $2.35 per thousand of assessed valuation.

In July of 2017 the state legislature increased the amount of school funding to support schools across the state. This work will result in a property tax shift which will increase state property taxes, and limit the amount local schools may collect in local levy support.

Is there a property tax exemption for senior citizens?

On December 31 of the year before the tax is due, you must meet one of the following criteria: At least 61 years of age, unable to work because of a disability OR a veteran entitled to and receiving compensation from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs at a total disability rating for a service-connected disability. Your annual household disposable income may not exceed $40,000. If your household income is between $40,000 and $45,000, you may qualify for the deferral program.


How can I get more information or have someone speak to my group or organization about the Replacement Levy?

If you or your organization would like a school representative to come to your meeting to make a presentation, please call Chris Hansen, Superintendent’s Office at 425-431-7003 or Debbie Joyce Jakala in Communications & Public Relations at 425-431-7044.


Do you have any additional questions?

Please check this website for additional updates or email jakalad@edmonds.wednet.edu.



Property Tax Deferral for Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons

This program is only available to residents and property located in Washington State. You must meet one of the criteria: At least 60 years of age by December 31 of the year you apply, unable to work because of a disability, at least 57 years of age and the surviving spouse or domestic partner of a person who was receiving a deferral at the time of his/her death. Your annual household disposable income may not exceed $45,000. If your household income is $40,000 or less, you must apply for the Property Tax Exemption Program for Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons before you apply for the deferral program.


For more information, visit the Snohomish County Assessor’s Office online at www.snohomishcountywa.gov/Assessor or call 425-388-3433.



What the Replacement Levy funds support ...

  • Additional teachers to help keep class sizes smaller
  • Paraeducators and staff who support the educational program
  • Safety and security personnel
  • Textbooks and instructional materials
  • Student transportation
  • Athletics, music, drama, and student clubs and activities
  • Services for students with special needs
  • Support for programs, services and technology
  • Staff training to improve teaching and student learning

Proposition No. 1

Replacement School Programs and Operations Levy

The Board of Directors of Edmonds School District No. 15, serving the communities of Brier, Edmonds, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace, Woodway and portions of unincorporated Snohomish County, adopted Resolution No. 17-62. This proposition would authorize the District to replace an expiring levy for support of the District’s General Fund educational programs and operations expenses, not fully funded by the State. This replacement levy Collection averages $62.75 million per year for each of the four years, 2019 through 2022.


Overall Tax Impact Chart If the Levy is approved The proposed rate of $1.50 per thousand of assessed valuation is a decrease from the current 2017 rate of $2.35 per thousand of assessed valuation.

Third grade students in the library at Lynndale Elementary
Librarian Clarence Korf teaches a third-grade class. The Replacement School Programs and Operations Levy funds support programs and safe teaching and learning environments.

 

Property Tax Exemption for Senior Citizens and Disabled Persons

On December 31 of the year before the tax is due, you must meet one of the following criteria: At least 61 years of age, unable to work because of a disability OR a veteran entitled to and receiving compensation from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs at a total disability rating for a service-connected disability. Your annual household disposable income may not exceed $40,000. If your household income is between $40,000 and $45,000, you may qualify for the deferral program.

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