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Time to Vote
The election date is Feb. 11th, 2020.
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FAQ

On Tuesday, February 11, 2020, Washougal residents will vote on an Educational Programs & Operations and Tech Levies.

These are replacement levies and not new taxes.

Levy dollars make up almost 14% of the district’s budget.

The levies will fund basic programs and services for 2021, 2022, and 2023.

Levies do not pay for new school construction.

What happen if the levy fails?

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.

Are these new taxes?

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).

What will it cost me?

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:
Levy Amount & Rates

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.

Didn’t we just have a levy election?

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.

What does the levy pay for?

Levy Dollars make up almost 20% of the district's budget.

HEALTH & SAFETY
• High School Resource Officers
• Security Officers
• Counselors
• Nurses

STUDENT LEARNING & STAFFING
• Art
• Music
• PE
• Advanced Placement
• Highly Capable
• Professional Development and training
• Substitute teachers
• Special education support
• Bilingual and English Language Learner support

INSTRUCTIONAL SUPPORT
• Librarians
• Secretaries
• Paraeducators
• Textbooks
• Curriculum

ATHLETICS & ACTIVITIES
• School athletics
• Coaches
• Advisors
• Extra-curricular activities
• Competitions
• Performing arts
• Transportation

OPERATIONS & MAINTENANCE
• Custodians
• Grounds and maintenance
• Building maintenance
• Equipment
• Supplies
• Repair
• Utilities
• Fuel
• Vehicles and vehicle maintenance

TECHNOLOGY
• Student 1:1 devices and computers for teachers
• Classroom instructional technology
• Teaching supplies and equipment

How does Washougal’s levy compare to other school districts?

Nearly all school districts in Washington State require levies. Washougal’s tax rates are currently in the middle of other districts in our region.

Where can I find more information?

Find more information online, www.washougal.k12.wa.us
Or contact Superintendent Dr. Mary Templeton, (360) 954-3000.

How do I register to vote?

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

Are tax exemptions available?

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)

Washougal Citizens for Schools needs your help to fund our work to educate citizens and get the Yes votes needed to pass this important levy. Please send your donations to:

Washougal Citizens for Schools
PO Box 322, Washougal WA 98671

Thank you for your support.