Renewal education & operations (E&O)ICONS


  • 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.

A look at what the levy funds

Staffing funded by local levy dollars

Extracurricular activities
Safety support
Classroom teachers
Counseling and nursing supports
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.

“Our hope is that schools can help bring our community together with a shared focus on supporting students.  We recognize there are diverse perspectives with any election and appreciate the respect our community can demonstrate for each other through elections. Our goal for this site is to provide factual information for our voters.”

Dr. Jeff Snell, superintendent

Thank you to the community for sharing the additional questions you had about the levy. Answers are provided in this report.

We think it’s important for voters to be informed about the things they are voting on. If you have additional questions leading up to the Feb. 14 election, please feel free to email them to vpscommunications@vansd.org

Levy Questions from Our Community

We have been listening to questions and comments from our community in a levy-related Thought Exchange. Thank you for your interest in learning more about the levy.

Programs that are funded by the local levy will have to be eliminated or heavily reduced. The programs and positions that are funded by the levy and will therefore face elimination or heavy staffing reductions will be within school sports, music, art, counseling, safety and nursing. A levy failure will not end state-required programs like sex education.

The state does not fully fund the programs and services we are required to provide and how we enhance our current programming. For example, 80% of our special education programs are funded by the state and we receive no funding to support extracurricular activities like sports. Approximately 12.5% of the district’s annual funding currently comes from local levy dollars.

No. The local levy has been in place for more than fifty years, since 1964. A renewal levy is presented to voters every 2- 4 years as prior levies expire.

The school board adopted a rate of $1.99 per $1,000 of assessed value. There is a state limit of $2.50 per $1,000. The board considers the local tax investment along with the district’s need in adopting the levy resolution.

The levy supports several district resource officers. State funding supports the district’s four safety officers, while levy dollars allow the district to hire 31 safety officers, almost one per school.

Yes, 100% of the staff who manage extracurricular programs, such as coaches, band teachers, and club leaders are levy funded.

Levy dollars are used to support all of our schools, so yes it would support Vancouver Innovation Technology and Arts (VITA) and Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) Elementary Schools.  Staffing follows the students so as enrollment grows at new schools staffing grows with it. Students from existing schools will go to VITA and RBG so the staffing will in theory follow them.

We have added positions that were made possible by Federal pandemic relief funding. Those positions will need to be absorbed back into our general budget as that funding ends. We also have positions connected to specific grants. You can view how our district compares to other districts with staffing levels for all positions on the district budget website.


Thank you, voters

Thank you, voters | ¡Gracias, votantes! | Спасибо, избиратели! | Ach kapasen kinisou ngeni meinisin ekkewe aramas re úttút!

VPS levy spotlight: Teachers and paraeducators

Learn about the renewal Education and Operations levy voters will be asked to consider on the February 14th, 2023 ballot. See how the levy supports our students by funding teacher and paraeducator salaries.

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