Levy Issues-February 2018

Three Renewal Levies on the February 2018 Ballot

Elementary Teacher reading to students

1. Renewal Educational Program and Operations Levy: Classroom Learning

The Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) Levy (formerly M&O Levy) is the only locally approved ballot measure that directly pays for basic general classroom and operational needs such as special education, curriculum, extra-curricular activities, and staff salaries. If renewed, the EP&O Levy will allow the District to collect its full statutory authority, which amounts to between $47 million and $58 million per year from 2019 to 2022. Put in perspective, the EP&O Levy will provide 18¢ of every classroom dollar.

This is funding that allows us to:

  • Reduce class sizes
  • Meet mandatory special education needs
  • Pay for paraeducators in our classrooms
  • Fully operate our buses and transportation department
  • Pay for school counselors, mental health counselors, and nurses
  • Pay for staff to maintain school buildings and grounds including custodians
  • Offer sports, clubs, and activities, including transportation to and from events
  • Keep curriculum up to date with today’s rigorous standards
  • Fund a majority our Highly Capable Program
  • Begin discussing and planning for possible new programs, such as a seven period school day, early childhood education, and dual language programs pending promised increased funding from the state.

2. Renewal School Bus Levy: Health, Safety, and Efficiency

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If renewed, the School Bus Levy will provide $2 million in 2019 to purchase 76 buses to enable the District's fleet to run as safely, cleanly, and efficiently as possible. The levy will allow the District to collect state funding to offset the cost of bus purchases, ensure alignment with state safety standards, and provide the most efficient buses, allowing the District to preserve more operational dollars for the classroom.

 3. Renewal Capital Levy: Educational Technology and Critical Repairs

Kindergarten students working on desktop computersThe Capital Levy includes two components: educational technology and critical repairs for each school District-wide. If renewed, the District will collect nearly $54 million for technology and $14.5 million for critical repairs over the life of the levy. For technology, these dollars will fund replacement of aging computers, printers, servers, and document cameras; staff training; development of online classes/educational opportunities; school tech specialists; upgrades of wireless Internet; safety and efficiency software for school bus operations; and continued upgrades to District websites, emergency alert systems, and other e-communications. For critical repairs, the Capital Levy includes maintenance of heating and cooling systems, additional portable classroom space, safety and security upgrades.

Fast Facts

  • Financial Management: The Issaquah School District has the highest bond rating Moody’s (Aaa) & Standard & Poors AA+ of any public school district in Washington State. In fact, less than 0.45% of school districts in the entire nation hold a AAA rating from Moody's.  The District has received fifteen consecutive “clean” Financial and Accountability Audits.
  • Local Tax Impact: In the Issaquah School District, the local school tax rate is expected to decrease between $0.30 and $0.35/ $1,000 from 2018 to 2019. The 2019-22 replacement levy measures result in a combined tax rate nearly $0.50 below the promised rate of $4.14/1000 from the last school funding measure.
  • State School Taxes/HB2242: The state portion of school taxes will increase at a minimum of $0.82/$1,000 and be further increased by the State Department of Revenue. 

Background Information and Levy Development Committee Work

Go to the February 2018 Levy background pages for information about the levy development process and the Levy Development Committee.

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