The state of Washington has assumed funding of public school district “basic education” programs and staff after a protracted legal and legislative process. However, how the funding is allocated and distributed has created new issues. Here are some resources to explain how school districts are allocated funds under the new state model: esd112.org/schoolfunding
In 2017, Washington State's education-related tax plan underwent an overhaul, and, as a result, the school property tax portion of your Clark County property tax bill will look different.
In an effort to address the state’s constitutional duty to fund basic education, the State Legislature changed the way Washington funds K-12 education. The changes affect:
- School designated property taxes imposed by the state
- Certain voter-approved property taxes imposed by school districts
- State funding for most school districts
You can read the fine print in Engrossed House Bill 2242 at the Washington State Legislature website.
2018: The Transition Year
In 2018, the state will implement a “levy swap” that will cause a temporary one-year tax rate increase. The bump will occur in 2018, because it is a transition year. The current voter-approved Maintenance and Operations (M&O) levy, approved by Evergreen Public Schools voters in 2016, will remain in effect while the state phases in increased state levy collections.
In 2019, tax rates will likely be lower than in 2017, because current school district M&O levies—these will be renamed “enrichment levies”—will be limited to $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value.
The 91-cent state levy increase in 2018 does not result in a direct 91-cent increase for Clark County school districts because the money is redistributed through the state. In fact, when the local levies are capped starting in 2019, many districts will have smaller operating budgets.
Evergreen Public Schools' recently approved Bond Measure is not factored into your 2018 property tax bill. The amount to be collected in 2019 reflects a small portion of the 2002 bond (which is nearly paid off) and the recently approved bond.