Replacement Levy

In addition to the bond, we’re also running a replacement levy. What’s the difference? Bonds build buildings and levies are for learning. Levy dollars are used for essential educational programs, maintenance and general district operations not funded by the state or federal government.

10 Facts every Kelso citizen should know about the upcoming levy…

This is a replacement levy. It replaces the current levy that expires at the end of 2018. It is not a new tax. It will continue funding of basic education programs and services for the years 2019-2020.

Levy dollars are used for essential educational programs, maintenance and general district operations not funded by the state or federal government. This levy will continue to support and maintain the district’s instructional programs.

The levy will not be used to build new school buildings. This replacement levy is not a bond. Bonds build buildings, and levies are for learning.

Ballots will be mailed on or around January 27, 2018. They must be returned to a ballot drop-box or postmarked by February 13, 2018.

Over 50 percent of voters must vote “yes” in order to approve this replacement levy.

The Board authorized a two-year levy to replace the expiring four-year levy. They felt this conservative approach would be best for the Kelso community.

The estimated tax rates are $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value 2019 through 2020. This is a significant decline from current tax rates as school funding has changed this past legislative session. The tax rates and total amount of the levy are listed below.

Year

Levy Rate

Total Levy Amount

EXPIRING LEVY

2018

$3.67

$7,808,522

PROPOSED LEVY

2019

$1.50

$3,500,000

2020

$1.50

$3,850,000

Passage of the local Levy provides an additional $4.5 million dollars in Local Effort Assistance to Kelso School District from the State of Washington..

Schools built on a solid foundation where quality student learning is taking place contribute to a thriving and prosperous community, and protecting your home and property investment. Even if you don’t have children in the schools, this issue is important to you because quality of community increases when quality of schools increase.

Levy dollars are used to pay for the following programs, services, and materials:

  • Instructional materials and technology
  • Teachers, counselors, instructional aides, nurses, and other staff the State does not fully fund.
  • School safety programs, staff training, and professional development.
  • Extracurricular activities such as clubs, band and athletics.
  • Maintenance of facilities, grounds, and playfields.