On Feb. 13, 2018, Longview voters will be asked to consider two replacement levies.
Answers to frequently asked questions. We will continue to update this site with additional questions. If you have a question, please contact us.
Levies are for learning; bonds are for building. The Replacement Operations and Educational Programs levy bridges the critical gap between state funding and local educational programs. It’s the “bread and butter” of everyday school–helping provide the essential services to our students beyond what is provided by the state.
Local support of essential school programs is not new, but last year state law changed local levies. When the state increased state-level property taxes for schools, it capped local school district levies at $1.50 per $1,000 assessed valuation starting in 2019.
|Expiring Educational Maintenance & Operations Levy||Expiring Capital Projects & Technology Levy|
|TAX RATE*||TOTAL COLLECTED||TAX RATE*||TOTAL COLLECTED|
|2018||$3.23/$1,000 AV||$15,588,241||$0.31/$1,000 AV||$1,521,851|
|Replacement Operations & Educational Programs Levy||Replacement Capital Projects & Technology Levy|
|ESTIMATED TAX RATE*||TOTAL COLLECTED||ESTIMATED TAX RATE*||TOTAL COLLECTED|
|2019||$1.50/$1,000 AV||$8,102,901||$0.61/$1,000 AV||$3,047,682|
|2020||$1.50/$1,000 AV||$9,075,249||$0.60/$1,000 AV||$3,094,112|
*Tax rates are per $1,000 assessed home value. Future tax rates are estimates.
While levy money would not be used to build schools, it can be used to maintain and repair existing facilities where learning takes place. Because the bond did not pass, the Replacement Capital Projects & Technology Levy increase would dedicate more resources to maintaining and extending the life of the district’s aging facilities and fields. It would also eliminate the need to shift $500,000 from the general fund to support large-scale building maintenance.
The state has increased by approximately 81 cents per $1,000 assessed valuation the amount of state school levy collected, but it has capped the amount schools can raise through local taxes to $1.50 per $1,000 assessed valuation. State lawmakers and other officials continue to learn about the impacts of these changes and consider modifications moving forward.
Some examples are
- special education teachers and services to address our students’ learning needs
- regular education teachers who provide instruction for our students
- counselors who address the our students’ social and emotional needs
- custodians who keep our buildings clean and safe
- paraprofessionals (teachers aides) who help our students learn
- coaches who help our students build skills outside the classroom
- staff training focused on student achievement
- classroom materials and supplies that help our students learn
- all extracurricular activities such as clubs, bands, and athletics
Some capital project examples are
- safety and security upgrades
- roof replacements
- boiler repairs and replacements
- concrete repairs
- electricity and lighting energy-efficiency upgrades
- grounds maintenance and improvements
- athletic field maintenance and upgrades;
Some technology examples are
- student and teacher computers on a school-wide basis
- interactive teaching devices
- intercoms to replace failing systems
Assessed Value ÷ 1,000 x Tax Rate = Cost Per Year
|YEAR||TOTAL LEVY RATE||ASSESSED PROPERTY VALUE||% ASSESSED VALUE INCREASE||TOTAL TAXES||PROJECTED ANNUAL DIFFERENCE||MONTHLY TAXES||MONTHLY DIFFERENCE
Per the 2017 legislation now in effect, the state capped the Replacement Operations & Educational Programs Levy at $1.50 per $1,000 assessed valuation.
The board carefully considered the impact on the general fund of its aging facilities and grounds and decided to increase the Replacement Capital Projects and Technology Levy from approximately 31 cents per $1,000 assessed valuation to 61 cents per $1,000 assessed valuation. This increase will maintain its investment in teaching and learning technology, and will eliminate the need to use $500,000 out of the general fund each year for district facilities. It would dedicate $2.25 million each year to support facilities upkeep and improvements.
The changes made by the state for school funding in 2017 were significant and a possibility exists that some adjustments may occur. A two-year levy allows greater flexibility. The funding changes did not impact the Capital Project and Technology Levy, so four years was chosen to provide stable funding for important projects.
Replacement Operations & Educational Programs Levy
Replacement Capital Projects & Technology Levy
2018 will be an “exception year” when the state’s school taxes increase an estimated 81 cents per $1,000 assessed valuation and while local taxpayers finish paying the M&O Levy at the rates approved in 2014. However, when the M&O Levy expires in December 2018, overall school related taxes are expected to decrease in 2019.
Low-income senior citizens and disabled adults may qualify for tax exemptions. More information is available from the Cowlitz County Auditor at http://tinyurl.com/cowlitzvoting
For additional information, please contact the district office at (360) 575-7016 or Superintendent Dan Zorn at email@example.com
Ballots are expected to arrive in homes by Friday, Jan. 26.
Ballots must be postmarked or returned to ballot boxes by February 13.
A simple majority of all those who vote is required for passage–50 percent plus at least one vote.