The Replacement Levy Facts:
In February 2014, Wapato School District voters continued their tradition of local support for students by approving a 4-year Educational, Maintenance and Operations Replacement Levy to help fund essential educational programs and activities for students and maintain the District’s facilities on a day-to-day basis. With that levy set to expire in December 2018, the Wapato School Board of Directors has approved the next 4-year Educational Programs & Operations Replacement Levy proposal. The proposed levy is not a new tax it simply replaces the expiring levy.
The Replacement Levy Proposal:
On February 13, 2018 voters will be asked to approve the following 4-year replacement levy proposal:
- 2019 –Estimated Levy rate $1.50/per $1000 of value (provides capacity to collect up to $1,200,000)
- 2020 –Estimated Levy rate $1.50/per $1000 of value (provides capacity to collect up to $1,200,000)
- 2021 –Estimated Levy rate $1.50/per $1000 of value (provides capacity to collect up to $1,350,000)
- 2022 –Estimated Levy rate $1.50/per $1000 of value (provides capacity to collect up to $1,350,000)
EXAMPLE: Estimated Taxpayer Cost Per Year:
|Estimated levy rate per $1,000 of value||$1.50|
|Estimated Taxpayer Cost||$150-per year|
The Replacement Levy Pays For:
State and Federal dollars do not fully fund the day-to-day operations of Wapato Public Schools. To fund the gap, the District must also rely on voters to approve the replacement levy to support essential educational programs and activities for your students, including:
*Teachers & Other Staff *Special Education
*Safety and Security *Additional Program Offerings
*Athletics *Transportation (buses, fuel, routine maintenance, etc)
*Learning Support Programs *Day-to-Day Operations (food service, utilities, etc.)
*Textbooks & Teaching Materials *Technology for classroom instruction and support
*Playground Equipment *Early Learning Activities
Voter Approved Replacement Levy = State Levy Equalization Money
If voters approve the replacement levy it is estimated the State would give the School District nearly $3.9-million per year in Levy Equalization (see graph below). Levy Equalization is a State program designed to equalize the difference between property-rich school districts and property-poor districts.
In order for Wapato Public Schools to receive State Levy Equalization, voters must approve the replacement levy.
- 2019: Wapato Public Schools would receive an estimated $3.9-million in State Levy Equalization
- 2020: Wapato Public Schools would receive an estimated $3.9-million in State Levy Equalization
- 2021: Wapato Public Schools would receive an estimated $3.9-million in State Levy Equalization
- 2022: Wapato Public Schools would receive an estimated $3.9-million in State Levy Equalization
In July of 2017, the State passed a law that changes the way it funds public education. The new law requires the State to assume increased responsibility for school funding which will result in an increase in State property taxes. In turn, the new law will result in a decrease in the local levy rate for Wapato School District taxpayers. The current school levy costs Wapato School District taxpayers about $1.73 per $1000 of assessed property value. If voters approve the Replacement Levy proposal outlined above, Wapato School District taxpayers will pay an estimated rate of $1.50 per $1000 of assessed value.