School Board Approves Replacement Levy Proposal

The Tenino School Board has unanimously agreed to place an Educational Programs and Operations Replacement Levy proposal before voters on the February 11, 2020 Special Election ballot.

The measure on the February 2020 ballot would replace an expiring four-year educational programs levy approved by voters in February 2016. In 2021-2024 the proposed replacement levy rate of $2.50 per thousand will be the same as the levy rate collected in 2020.

School levies are the only locally approved ballot measures that directly pay for programs and the educational needs of students not funded by the state. Levy funds would be used to continue to provide education and programs to students in the following areas:

  • Athletics
  • Music and Art at the Elementary and Middle School
  • Nursing Services
  • School Counselors
  • Special Education
  • Summer School Programs
  • School Safety Initiatives
  • School Resource Officer (SRO)
  • Student Technology

The levy would raise an estimated $14.9 million over four years (2021-2024). The first year the levy will generate $3.2 million dollars which is approximately 17.5% of the District budget. The estimated levy rate depends on the final dollar amount of assessed value of property within the school district. State law limits school districts to collect a maximum of $2.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for Educational Programs and Operations levies.

Using the projected rate of $2.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, the owner of a $250,000 home would pay about $52 a month, or $625 per year, for the replacement levy.