Levies are for Learning!
Our Board of Directors has approved a replacement levy election for the February 11, 2020 ballot (click here to read the full resolution). The current levy expires at the end of 2020. Here are some important facts:
- The levy rate is increasing to $2.50 per $1,000 in assessed property value. (The district's bond rate will fall to $1.65 per $1,000, resulting in a net tax increase of 45 cents per $1,000, possibly less). This is lower than the 7-year average of $2.66
- The replacement levy will generate about $6.6 million in local revenue in 2021.
- Levy funds cannot be used for basic education. They may only be used for enhancements beyond what the state's basic education funding model provides.
- This is not a new tax, this is a replacement of the current levy which expires in 2020.
- Levy funds impact nearly every program in our district from athletics to academics. We are able to provide full-time school counselors, nursing staff, athletic options, extended learning programs, additional classroom support and much more because of levy funds.
- Our levy helps us keep class sizes comparatively low. Our levy helps us provide behavioral support in our schools.
- Our levy helps purchase, maintain, and replace important classroom technology resources.
Washington’s education funding model leaves a gap between what the state funds for education and what our students in Centralia need for success. Local school levies are voter-approved sources of funding that are on the ballot every 2-4 years. We collect local levy revenue through a tax on properties in our school district boundaries. The current rate per $1,000 in property value is $1.50, which was the current legal maximum for our district during the last election cycle.
Voters approved the current CSD Enhancements & Operations levy in February 2018. The state has raised the limit on local levies to $2.50 per $1,000 in property value, however the district receives no additional funding unless voters approve a new levy at a higher rate.
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