• School Levy Information – February Election

    In the February 13th election, the Snoqualmie Valley School District will ask the community to consider two replacement levy propositions — an Educational Programs & Operations Levy (EP&O) and a Technology Levy.  Both four-year replacement levies would renew current levies that are set to expire in 2018.  The levies are needed to cover costs of education that are not fully funded by the state – to sustain essential existing programs, support staff, services, and resources, as well as provide for improvements to programming for Snoqualmie Valley students.  Click here for the Levy Facts Mailer

    Proposition #1:  The Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) Replacement Levy would continue to bridge the gap between what the state funds, and the actual costs needed for day-to-day school operations and programs for students.  The proposed four-year EP&O levy would authorize an average of $15.5 million per year for 2019 through 2022.  If approved, the levy will help pay for:

    EP&O Levy details

    Proposition #2:  The Technology Replacement Levy would continue funding for technology, equipment, support, infrastructure needs, and training for students and staff.  It would also provide funding to expand STEM learning opportunities to help prepare students for success in college and careers.  The levy will better ensure equity and access to technology for all students.  The four-year Technology Levy would authorize an average of $4.7 million per year for 2019 through 2022.  If approved, the levy will pay for:

    Technology Levy details

     Financial Information:

    • Local Tax: The combined local school levy tax rate is expected to decrease an estimated $0.67 per $1,000 assessed property value (AV) in 2019.
    • State School Taxes/HB2242: The state portion of school taxes will increase an estimated $0.94/$1,000 AV in 2019.
    • Financial Management: Based on a sustained level of sound financial management, the Snoqualmie Valley School District was recently upgraded to the second highest bond credit rating for school districts from Moody’s (Aa1), for which only four other districts in Washington are higher. The District has also received “clean” financial and accountability audits from the State Auditor, for the past 12 years.  

    The combined 2019 EP&O and Technology levy rates are decreasing when compared to the 2017 rates of the expiring levies.  The state is increasing its statewide property tax to fund additional staffing for K-3 class size reduction and school employee compensation. This table summarizes the combined local levy and state school funding changes:

    Estimated Costs

    Calculations for Estimated Costs:

    • Annual cost = Assessed Property Value / $1,000 x rate
    • Monthly cost = Annual estimated cost (above) / 12

    How does SVSD compare with other school districts?  Many neighboring school districts are also seeking replacement levies in 2018. The following table compares per pupil funding based on proposed 2019 collections and current student enrollment.

    Proposed Per Student Levy Funding

    Comparison of Proposed Per Student Levy Funding

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