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Levy 2020

postit-replacement-levyReplacement Education Levy

Election date: February 11, 2020

Ballots mail: Wednesday, January 22, 2020

50% + 1 vote required for approval

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MAINTAINING QUALITY EDUCATION PROGRAMS

Wade SmithThis proposed Replacement Education Levy helps maintain the current level of educational programs and opportunities Walla Walla students and families have approved at the ballot box for over 50 years. This is not a new tax, but a continuation of a local levy requiring re-authorization from voters every four years. The Replacement Education Levy funds more than 100 staff not paid for by the state’s basic education funding model. Advanced course offerings, fine arts programs, elementary electives and athletic/club offerings are just a few of the programs the education levy provides Walla Walla students.

Dr. Wade Smith, Superintendent

Replacement Levy Expenditures

 

REPLACEMENT LEVY SUMMARY

 Summary of 2020 levy proposal

WHAT WILL IT COST?

 

Tax rates are projected to remain the same through 2024

2016 levy vs 202 replacement levy

Increases in property values above projections would reduce rate paid by taxpayers.

*McCleary levy impact

 

 

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?

All levy dollars stay in Walla Walla to support local programs.

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ELEMENTARY SPECIALISTS

Elementary Music and Physical Education Specialists are funded by levy dollars.

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ATHLETIC PROGRAMS

Levy dollars fund all athletic programs across the district.

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FINE ARTS PROGRAMS

Drama, Music and Fine Arts are funded by levy dollars.

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STUDENT PROGRAMS

The district’s award winning FFA and other student programs are supported by levy dollars.

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SAFETY PERSONNEL

The School Resource Officer and additional campus security staff are funded by the levy. 

 

What is the difference between a LEVY and a BOND?

bond-levy-graphicWalla Walla Public Schools will seek renewal of its Replacement Education Levy in February. Levies are different than bonds.

Levies pay for educational programs and opportunities for students the state does not fund. Levies support school programs like music, art, honors courses, athletics, and a variety of experiences that Walla Walla parents and stakeholders have supported at the ballot for half a century.

Bonds are used for the construction of new schools, major building remodels or major facility upgrades. Walla Walla Public Schools voters approved a replacement bond in November 2018 to address such facility improvements.

Below is additional information explaining the differences between a levy and bond.

Levies = Learning

  • Levy funds are used to support student programs and opportunities that are not paid for by state and federal funding.
  • Levies are implemented in over 95% of Washington School Districts
  • Levy funds are generally collected over a 4-year period and must be renewed every 4 years.

Bonds = Buildings

  • Bond funds are generally repaid over a 15-20 year period.
  • Bond funds cannot be used for program or instructional purposes.
  • Bonds can only be used for construction, renovation of buildings, major repairs and other facility/property related purposes

Our Levy and Bond History

Walla Walla Public Schools' voters have a long history of supporting school levy and bond measures.  Levies require 50 percent voter approval to pass, and bonds require 60 percent voter approval to pass. Below are the approval rates of over 45 years of consecutive levy elections.

Date Type Yes No % Yes
2/9/2016 Levy 5807 2879 66.85%
2/14/2012 Levy 6114 3390 64.33%
2/19/2008 Levy 5509 4470 55.21%
2/3/2004 Levy 5210 2519 67.41%
2/5/2002 Levy 5187 2263 69.62%
4/25/2000 Levy 5364 2687 66.63%
2/3/1998 Levy 3779 1973 65.70%
2/6/1996 Levy 3080 1630 65.39%
2/8/1994 Levy 3658 1216 75.05%
2/4/1992 Levy 3801 1311 74.35%
2/6/1990 Levy 2865 1074 72.70%
3/22/1988 Levy 3551 1377 72.00%
2/4/1986 Levy 2610 835 75.70%
2/7/1984 Levy 3028 627 82.80%
2/8/1983 Levy 3459 966 78.10%
2/2/1982 Levy 3264 989 76.70%
3/24/1981 Levy 3822 1134 77.12%
2/5/1980 Levy 2736 949 74.01%
2/6/1979 Levy 2949 1000 74.62%
2/7/1978 Levy 3043 888 77.10%
2/8/1977 Levy 3930 1146 77.42%
2/3/1976 Levy 3549 1589 69.07%
2/4/1975 Levy 3807 1221 75.72%
2/5/1974 Levy 3396 1341 71.69%
2/6/1973 Levy 4323 1278 77.18%
4/11/1972 Levy 4863 2873 62.86%
2/9/1971 Levy 3751 1741 68.30%

ELECTION INFO

remember-to-voteDates & Approval:

>> Election date: February 11, 2020

>> Ballots mailed: Wednesday, January 22, 2020

>> 50% + 1 vote required for approval

Voter Registration Information:

310 West Poplar St. | (509) 524-2530 | elections@co.walla-walla.wa.us

Tax Exemptions:

Senior and disabled citizens may be eligible for an exemption. Contact the Walla Walla County Assessor’s Office at (509) 524-2560 for additional information.

Levy Revenue is Fixed:

Schools receive no additional dollars beyond the amount approved by voters. Increases in property values will not increase levy revenue.

Further Information:

www.wwps.org | (509) 526-6716 | email: mhiggins@wwps.org

WALLA WALLA PUBLIC SCHOOLS • 364 South Park St. • Walla Walla, WA 99362 • Phone: 509-527-3000 • Fax: 509.529.7713

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