FEbruary 2022 Levy FACTS

Education Programs and Operation Levy

Evergreen Public Schools Levy

On February 8, 2022, voters will be asked to consider a replacement Education Programs and Operation Levy (E,P&O). This funding helps provide the kind of education that prepares students for the jobs of tomorrow.

what the levy supports

Your levy dollars support crucial school services and programs not covered under state basic education funding.

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

Levy dollars support Fine & performing arts programs

Levy dollars support sports like middle school soccer

Levy dollars support school nurses

ACCOUNTABILITY

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.

LEVY COST

While the district has seen reduced dollars in other funding streams, Evergreen is committed to keeping the local tax rate stable and not increasing local taxes.

The proposed three year levy rate, when combined with the already approved Technology Levy and Facilities Bond, is still less than most districts within the region.

The levy maintains a flat rate for the district's property owners of $3.89 per 1,000 of assessed value.

LEVY FAQ

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 $685 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.

VOTER INFORMATION

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

The deadline to register for the February 8, 2022 election is January 31, 2022. Ballots are expected to be mailed January 21. Register in person at the Clark County Elections Office, 1408 Franklin St, Vancouver until February 8.

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.