This year, Washington state legislators developed a budget to meet the requirements of the Supreme Court (McCleary v. State) decision. As a result, the state increased its schools levy rate and will redistribute the money across all Washington districts.
Only in 2018, local school levy rates were not affected.
In 2019, the state will maintain its schools levy rate. Local school levy rates will be scaled back to $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value. This is known as the levy swap. The changes will not affect voter-approved school bonds.
Please visit our webpage on 2018 property taxes for more information on how school-related levies and bonds impact property taxes.
Key point: Tax increases this year were the result of Washington state legislators’ efforts to meet the requirement of the McCleary lawsuit.