Levy 2020

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Changes in state funding for education have contributed to a multimillion-dollar shortage in Vancouver Public Schools’ budget.

To address the shortage, the district is asking voters to consider approving a levy on Feb. 11, 2020. If approved by voters, the supplemental levy would support current levels of programs and services.

Class sizes

The supplemental levy would pay for teacher positions that maintain smaller class sizes.

Achievement

The levy would help schools continue to improve graduation rates and student achievement.

Who would benefit

All schools in the district would benefit from the supplemental levy money.

Alternatives

Without revenue provided by a supplemental levy, the district would face shortfalls that require budget cuts and layoffs.

Is this a new tax?

Yes. If passed, this levy would supplement the current education and operations levy. The supplemental levy will appear on the ballot in the special election on Feb. 11, 2020. Supplemental levy collection would begin in 2021.

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Education and operations levy rate changes

*2021 rate is an estimate based on supplemental levy approval. The above rates include only education and operations levies.

How much will it cost?

Because property values vary, the cost is expressed per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

  • Assessed values are determined by the Clark County assessor and may differ from market values. Find your property’s assessed value.

  • The estimated rates per thousand are:

    • 43 cents in 2021
    • 41 cents in 2022
    • 40 cents in 2023
  • The actual rate may vary depending on the number of new property developments and changes in assessments. However, we cannot collect more than the total amount approved by voters.

  • To determine the amount for your property, divide the total assessment by 1,000 and multiply it by the rates above.

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Where can I get more information?

Wondering what other local and state education-related tax measures are in effect? Need more details about levies?

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News

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