EP&O Levy News and Information

  • February 23, 2018

    EP&O replacement levy passes with 58.19% voter approval

    We did it! We have received the good news from King County Elections that our Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) replacement levy has officially passed with 58.19 percent YES votes (10,710) compared to 41.81 percent NO (7,695) for a total of 18,405 counted. Levies require a 50 percent plus one voter approval.

    This was no small feat considering the EP&O levy replacement ran back-to-back with our successful November 2017 bond passage, and alongside the state’s increase in property taxes due to the McCleary decision. This demonstrates what a tough climate it was to run our levy, and yet it passed with higher voter approval than in 2014 (56.65 percent). This speaks to our community’s support of our district, and is great news for all scholars in Federal Way Public Schools!
     
    Thank you to each-and-every one of you who joined in this very important effort.
    Levy
     

    February 16, 2018

    EP&O replacement levy results show uptick

    The latest EP&O replacement levy results are showing yet another increase of our community’s support of the FWPS EP&O replacement levy with 58.19% YES votes (10,691) compared to 41.81% NO (7,682) for a total of 18,373 counted. The King County Elections Office will continue to update the results daily until the election results are certified on February 23, 2018. As a reminder, levies require a 50% plus one voter approval.

    Uptick


    February 15, 2018

    EP&O replacement levy results continue positive increase

    The latest EP&O replacement levy results are showing yet another increase of our community’s support of the FWPS EP&O replacement levy with 58.15% YES votes (10,648) compared to 41.85% NO (7,664) for a total of 18,312 counted. The King County Elections Office will continue to update the results daily until the election results are certified on February 23, 2018. As a reminder, levies require a 50% plus one voter approval.

    Results 3


    February 14, 2018

    EP&O replacement levy results increasingly positive

    The latest EP&O replacement levy results are increasingly positive with 57.54% YES votes (9,834) compared to 42.46% NO (7,257) for a total of 17,091 counted. The King County Elections Office will continue to update the results daily until the election results are certified on February 23, 2018. As a reminder, levies require a 50% plus one voter approval. We appreciate our community’s support of educational programming and staff to ensure safe and supportive learning environments for all 23,000 scholars.

    Results


    February 13, 2018

    Preliminary results of the FWPS EP&O levy show promise, more votes to be counted  

    The February 13, 2018 preliminary results of the Federal Way Public Schools (FWPS) Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) replacement levy show promise, with more votes to be counted in the coming days. Levies require a 50 percent plus one voter approval. The passage rate for the current EP&O levy that passed in the Feb. 11, 2014 election was 56.65 percent.

    Shortly after 8:00 p.m., the King County Elections Office reported on election night that the Federal Way School District NO. 210 Proposition No. 1 received 56.53 percent (8,288) yes votes compared to 43.47 percent (6,373) no votes of a total of 14,661 counted. The King County Elections Office will continue to update the results daily at 4:30 p.m. until the election results are certified on February 23, 2018.

    EP&O replacement levy passage will allow the district to continue funding essential educational programs and approximately 300 staff positions beyond what the state provides. This replaces the current levy that is set to expire in December 2018.

    Dr. Tammy Campbell, FWPS superintendent said, “Thank you to our voters for their support, and continuing investment in high quality staff and programming that benefit all scholars in Federal Way Public Schools.”

    FWPS Board President Claire Wilson stated, “We know healthy schools means a healthy community. Thank you to the voters for having faith in our scholars. Your actions show you care, and support their bright futures.”


    FWPS eases tax burden with replacement Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) levy measure

    Feb. 13 measure would continue funding staff and educational programs needed for a safe and supportive learning environment

     
    With the existing Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) levy set to expire in 2018, the Federal Way Public Schools Board unanimously approved a resolution on November 28, 2017 to continue to fund essential staff and educational programs beyond what state funding offers under basic education.
     
    This replacement levy is not a new tax and the community has continuously supported Federal Way Public Schools’ (FWPS) EP&O levy since 1980. The FWPS superintendent and board of directors are committed to reducing the tax burden and as a result, local property owners will see a 37 percent decrease with the proposed EP&O levy.
     
    “The board recognizes the critical role levies play in supporting programs and staff like special education services, classroom teachers, nurses and security which is key to accomplishing the larger goals we set for Federal Way Public Schools,” said  Geoffery McAnalloy, FWPS board president. “The board believes it’s important the replacement levy is structured in a way that allows local taxpayers to receive a tax savings for the first time in a long time.”
    Local property owners residing in Federal Way School District will experience a significant tax decrease because of the replacement levy while maintaining the staff and educational programs needed for a safe and supportive learning environment.
     
    Key facts about the replacement EP&O levy and reduction in taxes are as follows:
    • The four-year replacement EP&O levy results in a significant tax decrease for local property owners beginning in 2019 and beyond.
    • This levy reduces taxes by $20 million each year. This means the average homeowner will pay about $570 LESS starting in 2019.
    • The tax rate will decrease from an estimated $3.58 to $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value.
     
    The EP&O levy makes up 10 percent of the district’s budget, and has been continuously approved by voters since 1980. If approved again, the EP&O replacement levy would continue to fund safe, supportive learning environments for all scholars including:
     
    • Essential staff like classroom teachers, nurses, security staff, counselors, and bus drivers for approximately 300 staff members.
    • Educational programs like special education and English Language Learner services.
    • Athletics and after school programs.
     
    Levies are for learning and help fill the gap between what the state funds and what the needs are to support a safe and supportive learning environment for a district of 38 sites and 23,000 students. For example, the state funds three and a half nurses, and the EP&O levy fills in the gap by funding the remaining 19 positions needed to adequately care for our scholars. Additionally, the state funds four security staff positions and the levy provides funding for the remaining 12 positions needed to ensure the safety of our scholars and staff.

    Washington state collects a statewide schools tax. For one-year only — 2018 — property owners across the state will pay more because of the increase in the state schools tax. 
     
    In 2019, even when considering the state schools tax and the EP&O replacement levy, it’s still an anticipated reduction of about $630 in taxes for the average homeowner. This factors in the state schools tax increase, and the reduction of the EP&O levy. 

    FWPS has a strategic plan with five big, bold goals that journey from the early years and persist to graduation. The EP&O levy supports all five goals. In FWPS, we have a track record of fiscal responsibility and are good stewards of taxpayer dollars.

    The EP&O levy measure, which will appear on the February 13, 2018 special election ballot, requires a simple majority vote of 50 percent plus one voter approval. Please remember to vote.
     
    Questions or comments? Please call 253-945-2000, or email comments@fwps.org