Frequently asked questions about the 2019 levies

McCleary funding provides more money to schools, but it does not eliminate the need for local levies. Local levies remain necessary to make up gaps in funding for essential services and community priorities, such as smaller class sizes, technology, athletics and co-curricular programs, increased numbers of counselors and staffing for the district’s 18 Family-Community Resource Centers and two mobile FCRCs.

Levy dollars pay for educational programs and day-to-day operations of schools, including:

  • Classroom supplies
  • Technology
  • Training on the best uses of new technology to support daily classroom lessons
  • Extracurricular and intramural activities
  • Classroom programs
  • Special services
  • Utilities and insurance
  • Teachers and staff
  • Safety and security personnel
  • Maintenance and fuel

Levies regularly must be reauthorized.

 

Total tax rates

Tax rates from 2020 to 2023 were estimated in 2019. The actual rate may be different due to changes in state funding, property assessments and area growth; however, VPS can’t collect more than the collection amount that voters approved. The following rates include all local and state school-related levies and bonds as of November 2018.

Estimated tax rates 2018-2023

The formula

To calculate the total dollar amount that you’ll pay in school-related taxes, use the following formula:

(Example: $334,800 ÷ 1,000 x $6.25 = $2,092.50 in school-related taxes for 2020)

Voters approve collection amounts for school levies. Tax rates are how much each property owner would pay per assessed $1,000. The actual rate may be different due to changes in state funding, property assessments and area growth; however, VPS can’t collect more than the amount that voters approved.

Education and operations levy rates (estimated in 2019)

  • 2020—$1.50
  • 2021—$1.50
  • 2022—$1.50
  • 2023—$1.50

For comparison, the rate in 2018 was $2.64. The rate in 2019 is $1.50.

The owner of a property assessed at $334,800 would pay approximately $502 per year for the education levy.

$334,800 ÷ 1,000 = 334.8 x $1.50 = $502

Technology levy rates (estimated in 2019)

  • 2020—$0.32
  • 2021—$0.31
  • 2022—$0.31
  • 2023—$0.31
  • 2024—$0.30
  • 2025—$0.30

For comparison, the rate in 2018 was $0.22. The rate in 2019 is $0.20.

The owner of a property assessed at $334,800 would pay approximately $100–$107 per year for the technology levy.

$334,800 ÷ 1,000 = 334.8 x $0.32 = $107

Voters approved the following collection amounts:

Education and operations levy

  • 2020—$32.78 million
  • 2021—$35.40 million
  • 2022—$38.23 million
  • 2023—$41.30 million

Technology levy

  • 2020—$6.97 million
  • 2021—$7.40 million
  • 2022—$7.93 million
  • 2023—$8.43 million
  • 2024—$8.84 million
  • 2025—$9.25 million

Vancouver Public Schools cannot collect more than these amounts.

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