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On Feb. 12, 2019, Vancouver voters will decide whether to approve two levies that would renew at a different rate existing taxes that expire at the end of 2019. They are not new taxes.

Education and operations levy (formerly maintenance and operations)

This levy would maintain basic programs and services from 2020 to 2023. Education and operations levy dollars buy classroom supplies, textbooks and equipment. They fund classroom programs, special services, programs of choice, sports, extracurricular and intramural activities, Family-Community Resource Centers and increased numbers of counselors.The education and operations levy also funds services including maintenance of buildings and grounds, safety and security, utilities, insurance and fuel.

Technology levy

The technology levy would help prepare students to enter the workforce. It would fund technology that supports students’ creativity, innovation and problem-solving and help teachers educate students on the skills required for success on the job. It also would maintain or renew tablets and laptops for all students in third through 12th grades from 2020 to 2025.

Total tax rates

Tax rates from 2020 to 2023 are estimates for your planning purposes. 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 approve. The following rates include all local and state school-related levies and bonds as of November 2018. Find out how to calculate how school-related taxes for your property.

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Isn't the state giving schools more money?

While McCleary funding does provide more money for schools, 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.

Didn't voters just approve a levy?

The technology levy was approved in 2013. The education and operations levy was last approved in 2016 (under the name “maintenance and operations levy”). In 2017, voters also approved a bond measure. Levies pay for education and operations; bonds pay for buildings. Learn more.

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