Thank you to all district voters who took part in the February 13 special election for two Snohomish School District replacement levy measures. We appreciate the community support. The Educational Programs and Operations Replacement Levy and the Replacement Levy for Instructional Technology Improvements have both passed.
February 2018 Levy Information
How will the levies, if approved, affect property tax rates?
The local levy rate, such as the one our district directly collects, would decrease from $3.23 to $1.50/$1,000 in 2019. The district’s technology levy would remain at its current approved rate of $0.50/$1,000. Total collected for the local support and technology levies, if approved, would be $2.00/$1,000 beginning in 2019. This is about $1.73/$1,000 less than the currently approved rate, which expires at the end of 2018. The district’s current levies were approved for years 2014-2018. If approved, the new levies would begin in 2019 and would run through 2022.
The state of Washington has noted it is increasing its property taxes $0.82/$1,000 starting in 2018 to pay for its commitment under the McCleary decision. Local districts have no control over this taxation.
When you take the local district levies (if approved) and factor in the state’s new property tax rate (which local districts have no control over), the overall change in the Snohomish School District is estimated to be about $0.91/$1,000 less beginning in 2019.
Election Day - February 13, 2018
The Snohomish School District will have two propositions on the February 13, 2018, ballot - both are replacement levies. Click here to download the district's February 2018 voter guide which were mailed to households in the district's service area in January 2018.
February 2018 Levy Information
The Snohomish School District Board of Directors approved resolutions at a meeting on December 4, 2017, that will put two measures on the ballot for the February 13, 2018, election:
- Proposition 1: Educational Programs and Operations Replacement Levy
- Proposition 2: Replacement Levy for Instructional Technology Improvements
What they will do
The Educational Programs and Operations Replacement Levy would renew an expiring levy that would continue local levy funding for Snohomish schools through 2022.
The Replacement Levy for Instructional Technology Improvements would renew an expiring levy that would continue to maintain and improve classroom technology to enhance student learning.
Educational Programs and Operations Replacement Levy rate
Due to legislative changes in state-provided school funding, Educational Programs and Operations Replacement Levy rate is scheduled to drop from the current $3.23/$1,000 assessed value (2018) down to $1.50/$1,000 assessed value (2019-2022).
Property tax exemptions
Senior and disabled citizens who meet certain income requirements may be exempt from part or all of local school levy taxes. To learn more, click here to visit the Snohomish County Assessor’s Office website or call 425-388-3433.
For more information about Snohomish School District budget, levy information and school funding, visit www.sno.wednet.edu or contact Tom Laufmann, Executive Director of Business Services, at 360-563-7239 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To request an informational session about either or both of the levies, please contact the district's Communications Office at 360-563-7263 or email@example.com.