Update: As of Feb. 13, 2024, our levies were approved at nearly 64%. Thank you, voters! and the election will certify oN Feb. 23, 2024.

Click here to read an election night thank you message from Superintendent Greg Baker sent to staff, families and community.

 


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Quick Facts about School Levies

Like nearly every district in Washington, we rely on levies to provide essential funding for programs not fully funded by our state. We have an operations and technology levy on the upcoming special election ballot on Feb. 13, 2024. These levies would replace two voter-approved levies from 2020 that will expire soon. As a reminder to voters, we use the easy-to-remember adage 鈥渂onds are for building and levies are for learning.鈥 These replacement levies pay for nearly 25 percent of the cost of educational services that the state does not adequately fund.


Operations Levy

Our upcoming replacement operations levy supports teaching and learning:

  • Pays for teachers, counselors, nurses and other staff鈥
  • Lowers class size鈥
  • Funds other basic operations and programs such as safety, Special Education, Multilingual Learners and Highly Capable
  • Provides arts, music, athletics and other programs for the whole child鈥
  • Supports food services/wellness
  • Supports field trips and Project Free Education鈥
  • Pays for preventative maintenance in schools

Technology Levy

The replacement technology levy pays for:

  • School modernization and safety enhancements: security cameras, door locking systems
  • School wired/wireless networks听听
  • Adaptive technologies and devices for children with special needs
  • Computers, software, and digital curriculum licensing
  • 1:1 (one-to-one) technology initiative to support learning and prepare students for the future
  • Staff who implement and integrate technology
  • Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and Career and Technical Education (CTE) support鈥
  • Developing lessons about online safety, responsibility and digital citizenship

What is the $ impact?

If approved, the replacement operations and technology levies slightly increase each year by approximately 5%.

While the amount of the levy increases slightly, the total tax rate is estimated to decrease over the life of the four-year levy as shown below.听 These rates reflect the levies being proposed and bonds approved in past elections.

Our district’s levies are for a fixed amount, so even if your assessed value increases, the amount the district receives does not increase

2021 Actual: $3.48
2022 Actual: $3.45
2023 Actual: $3.19
2024: $2.94
2025: $2.90
2026: $2.64
2027: $2.65
2028: $2.68

*Estimated total school district combined bond and levy rate per $1,000 assessed value. The rates are estimates based upon data from the Whatcom County Assessor鈥檚 Office.


How much we collect per year for replacement operations levy: (estimates)

2025: $37 million

2026: $39 million

2027: $41 million

2028: $43 million


How much we collect per year for replacement technology levy: (estimates)

2025: $19 million

2026: $20 million

2027: $21 million

2028: $22 million


How can I vote?

Members of the public are encouraged to vote. In January 2024, voters will receive the ballot for the two school levies in the mail. The envelope should be returned and postmarked by Feb. 13, 2024, no stamp needed.


Senior Citizens Exemption Information

Qualifying senior citizens and persons with disabilities may be exempt from paying school levies. For more information, please call the County Assessor鈥檚 office at (360) 778-5050 or visit:

Finance

360-676-6522

Operations

360-676-6500


View more levy 2024 FAQs

Replacement Levies 2024 Quick Facts flyer (PDF)