Levy dollars provide a critical 14-16% of our school budget! They make up the difference between what it costs to operate our schools and what the state funds. Without voter approved levy funds, many important school programs and services would be lost.
No! They replace the current levies expiring at the end of 2020, and are projected to remain flat (decline by about $0.01 per year) over the next three years (2021, 2022, and 2023).
Again, it will not raise your taxes, it just replaces the levies you are already paying. The M&O Levy is $2.14 per $1,000 of assessed home value and the Tech Levy is $.25 per $1,000 of assessed home value:
These are lower than the rates that were approved by voters in 2017, and bring total local taxes for schools into alignment with what you paid in 2017.
Washougal’s last levy election was in 2014 for a three year levy. In 2015 voters passed a school construction bond that is paying for a number of safety and facility improvements as well as construction of the new Columbia River Gorge Elementary School and replacement of Jemtegaard Middle School, the transportation facility and Excelsior School. Bonds are for building and levies are for learning.
HEALTH & SAFETY
• High School Resource Officers
• Security Officers
STUDENT LEARNING & STAFFING
• Advanced Placement
• Highly Capable
• Professional Development and training
• Substitute teachers
• Special education support
• Bilingual and English Language Learner support
ATHLETICS & ACTIVITIES
• School athletics
• Extra-curricular activities
• Performing arts
OPERATIONS & MAINTENANCE
• Grounds and maintenance
• Building maintenance
• Vehicles and vehicle maintenance
• Student 1:1 devices and computers for teachers
• Classroom instructional technology
• Teaching supplies and equipment
Nearly all school districts in Washington State require levies. Washougal’s tax rates are currently in the middle of other districts in our region.
Find more information online, www.washougal.k12.wa.us
Or contact Superintendent Dr. Mary Templeton, (360) 954-3000.
Register online before January 16: myvote.wa.gov
Or register in person before February 6:
Clark County: 1408 Franklin, Vancouver
Skamania County: 240 NW Vancouver Ave, Stevenson
Disabled persons or those 61 years of age or older may be eligible for a tax exemption. For more information, contact the Assessor’s Office in Clark County (360-397-2391) or Skamania County (509-427-3720)