School Funding

  • How are Snohomish schools funded?

    Washington state school districts receive funding from four sources: Washington state, the federal government, local taxpayers, and other local fees.

    Replacement Levies on the February 8 Ballot: School Board members unanimously agreed to ask voters to renew the local Educational Programs and Operations Replacement Levy and the Replacement Levy for Technology, Safety and Facility Maintenance on the February 8, 2022 ballot. Learn more.

Snohomish School Funding Questions & Answers

  • What is a replacement levy?

  • Why do we have local levies?

  • How long does a levy last?

  • If property values go up, do local schools get more funding?

  • Why is state funding inadequate?

  • Does the district have unfunded mandates that the levy covers?

  • Didn't the McCleary decision require the state to fully fund education?

  • What is the difference between bonds and levies?

  • What is the history of community support for Snohomish schools?

  • What do other school districts in Snohomish County pay for levies?

School Funding Laws

  • How do schools get “local” money?

  • Do all public schools receive state funding?

  • Why are voters asked to approve levies so often?

  • Is there a limit on the amount a district may propose for levies?

  • What do federal funds pay for?

  • Senior Citizen Tax Exemptions

    Some senior and disabled homeowners may be eligible for a property tax exemption, based on income. For details call the Snohomish County Assessor’s Office at 425-388-3540 or visit their website.

    Questions? We are committed to openness and transparency. Please call 360-563-7263 or send an email to with any questions you may have about how Snohomish schools are funded.


Growing Education: What's the Difference Between a Levy and a Bond?

School Bonds & Levies and Property Values

Bonds & Levies - What is the difference?