april 2022 Levy FACTS

Educational Programs and Operations Replacement Levy

Evergreen Public Schools Levy-April 26, 2022

On April 26, 2022, voters will be asked to consider a replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy (EP&O). This funding helps provide the kind of education that prepares students for the jobs of tomorrow.

This is not a new tax and if approved, it will lower the overall school tax rate.

Evergreen is asking voters to consider a three year replacement levy at $1.70 per $1,000 of assessed value for each of the three years, which is the same as the current levy tax rate. It is a significantly lower tax rate than previously proposed on the February ballot.

When coupled with the existing school-approved Bond measure and Technology Levy, this will lower the current local school tax rate from $3.79 per $1,000 of assessed property value to a projected $3.68 (2023), $3.48 (2024) and $3.48 (2025) per $1,000 of assessed property value.

A Replacement Levy Presentation with Superintendent John Boyd

Copy of EPS-Presentation_NEW.pptx

Datos del Impuesto de Reemplazo

what the levy supports

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Nurse giving hearing test to girl
Students playing stringed instruments
Middle school kids playing soccer
Students enjoying an arts activity

Your levy dollars support crucial school services and programs not covered under state basic education funding. This accounts for about 11% of the district's overall budget.

If approved, this levy will continue to support:

  • Additional teaching staff to help reduce class sizes

  • Safety programs, security officers, school nurses and counselors

  • Performing arts such as band, choir, orchestra and theater programs

  • Field trips, athletics and related activities

  • Local support to bridge gaps in Special Education, English Language Learners, Highly Capable and Transportation Programs


what if the levy doesn't pass?

What if the levy doesn’t pass?

The levy provides 11% of the district’s budget. Loss of local levy funds means tough choices and would require the district to make cuts to student programs and services that could result in:

  • Significant cuts or elimination of programs like sports, band, choir, orchestra, and theater

  • Larger class sizes and staff reductions

  • Fewer social emotional support for students and fewer school counselors

  • Fewer support staff like school nurses and security officers

  • Cuts to programs partially funded by levy dollars: Special Education, English Language Learners, Highly Capable and Transportation Programs

LEVY FAQ

FAQ-April Levy-website

Levy dollars support Fine & performing arts programs

Levy dollars support sports like middle school soccer

Girl kicking soccer ball
Girls soccer players giving thumbs up
Girl soccer players running on the field

Levy dollars support school nurses

ACCOUNTABILITY

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Evergreen, like nearly every other school district in the state of Washington, relies on a mix of federal, state and local funds to operate schools. All of these funding streams come with very specific spending criteria and reporting requirements. The proposed three-year E,P&O levy must be designated and reported to the state to be spent in non-basic education categories.

Levy funds are spent for the direct benefit of students. This efficient use of public funds ensures students receive individualized learning support, social-emotional guidance and growth, and access and opportunities to a variety of educational experiences. In fact, Evergreen has one of the lowest percentages of expenditures for administrative/central office support of peer districts, while spending a larger percentage of funds at the school level.

A Lower overall school Tax rate

This is not a new tax and if approved, it will lower your overall school tax rate. Evergreen is asking for a three year replacement levy at $1.70 per $1,000 of assessed value for all three years, which is the same as the current levy tax rate and it is a significantly lower tax rate than the one that was proposed on the February ballot. When coupled with the existing school-approved Bond measure and Technology Levy, this will lower the current local school tax rate from $3.79 per $1,000 of assessed property value to a projected $3.68, $3.48 and $3.48 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

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Doesn’t the state pay for education?

Although the state of Washington has taken on more responsibility for paying for basic education, there are still funding gaps. This is why locally-approved levies are still authorized.

What pays for all the new school construction?

Bonds=Buildings; Levies = Learning

In 2018, voters approved a $695 million Capital Facilities Bond. This Bond funding pays for the construction and additions of 14 school buildings as well as numerous facility upgrades at more than two dozen schools. Nine of the facilities have already been completed and opened—on time and within budget—saving enough funds to add the replacement of Mill Plain Elementary to the project list. However, these Bond funds cannot be used to fund school operations or learning activities, while levy funds are not allowed to pay for facility or building work.

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LEVY INFORMATIONAL FLIERS

EPS Finalized Levy Flier-EPO-Levy-Flier_8.5x11 (002).pdf
EP&O-Levy-Flier_8.5x11_Russian (2).pdf
EPO-Levy-Flier_8.5x11_Spanish (002) (1).pdf

EVERGREEN BOARD APPROVES LEVY PROPOSALS FOR APRIL 2022 BALLOT

Press release-EVERGREEN BOARD APPROVES LEVY PROPOSALS FOR APRIL 2022 BALLOT

VOTER INFORMATION

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REGISTER TO VOTE

Voter registration forms are available at all Evergreen Public Schools or online at: https://clark.wa.gov/elections/registering-vote.

Ballots are expected to be mailed April 8. Please expect them to arrive in your mailbox no later than April 14th.

Register in person at the Clark County Elections Office, 1408 Franklin St, Vancouver until April 26th

Starting April 19th, only in-person registrations are allowed to register and receive a ballot for the April 26th Election.

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EXEMPTIONS:

Senior citizens and disabled persons may qualify for tax exemptions. For more information, contact the Clark County Assessor at: www.clark.wa.gov/assessor or taxreduction@clark.wa.gov or (564) 397-2391.