The Facts

Overview

    • This replacement levy is not a new tax.
    • The EP&O levy has been continuously approved by voters since 1980.
    • The replacement EP&O levy results in a significant tax decrease for local property owners - 37 percent - beginning in 2019 and beyond. 
    • This levy reduces taxes by $20 million each year. This means the average homeowner will pay $570 less starting in 2019. 
    • The 4-year EP&O levy replaces the current levy that will expire in 2018.
    • The EP&O levy funds essential staff and educational programs beyond what state funding offers under basic education.
    • The EP&O levy makes up 10 percent of the district's budget.

Property Owners Pay Less in 2019 and Beyond

    • The replacement levy would cut taxes by $20 million each year.
    • In 2019, the tax rate will decrease significantly from an estimated $3.58 per to $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value.
    • The EP&O payment will decrease from $1,056 to $486, resulting in $570 less for the average homeowner.
    • This reduction is due to the additional state funding provided to the district as a result of the McCleary ruling and subsequent legislative action.

Levy Funds Essential Staff and Programs

    • The levy funds 300 staff members including essential staff like classroom teachers, nurses, security staff, counselors, and bus drivers.
    • Educational programs like special education, English Language Learner services.
    • Athletics and after school programs.
    • Transportation costs such as fuel.

Important Voting Information

    • The EP&O levy measure will be presented on the February 13, 2018 special election ballot and requires a simple majority vote of 50% plus one voter approval.
    • The levy will continue to provide essential educational programs, support staff, and equitable opportunities for all scholars.
    • Please remember to vote in the special election  February 13, 2018.