Levy 2023

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Renewal education & operations (E&O)ICONS

LEVY FACTS

  • The renewal education & operations levy is not a new tax. It replaces expiring levies.

  • This renewal levy will be on the February 2023 ballot.

  • If approved, the levy would be for four years from 2024 to 2027.

  • All schools in the district benefit from this levy.

  • Local levy dollars make up 12.5% of the VPS budget.

  • The estimated rate is $1.99 per $1,000 of assessed property value.* Voters last approved a supplemental levy in 2020. The combined local levy rate was $2.01 per $1,000 of assessed property value the first year of collection. This renewal levy replaces both expiring levies. 

  • Local levies bridge the ongoing state funding gap between what the state funds and what it actually costs to deliver on our commitment to offer each student a quality education, safety, and resources for well-being.

  • This levy helps to pay for staffing and operations that are unfunded, or underfunded, by the state, such as:

    • Special education
    • Classroom programs and programs of choiceBallots due Feb. 14, 2023.
    • Additional teachers, nurses, counselors, mental health and general staff
    • Safety and security staff
    • Family-Community Resource Centers
    • Sports and extracurriculars like orchestra, band, choir and theater
    • Maintenance and utilities for buildings and grounds

*Future tax rates are estimates and fluctuate due to changes in property assessments and area growth.

Staffing funded by local levy dollars

0%
Extracurricular activities
0%
Safety support
0%
Classroom teachers
0%
Counseling and nursing supports
0%
Family-Community Resource Center

Based on 2019-20 official OSPI budget reports, which is our best estimate for 2023-24 funding breakdown percentages after COVID-19 related ESSER funding ends.

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