2020 Renewal Technology Levy
In 2014 voters approved a six-year Technology Levy to collect $0.31 per $1,000 of the estimated assessed property value, which will expire in the spring of 2020. If the renewal of the Technology Levy is approved by voters, the district will be authorized to collect $0.21 per $1,000 of the estimated* assessed property value, beginning in 2021.
This renewal levy would not be a new tax.
In the Monroe School District, we understand the importance of not only providing students access to current technology tools and learning opportunities, but also helping them understand how to be safe and responsible digital citizens. Therefore, we are asking voters to consider a six-year $12.285 million replacement Technology Levy that will allow us to continue to ensure all students have access to current technology and learning opportunities in order to prepare for careers of tomorrow.
If the Technology Levy is approved by voters, the funding can ONLY continue to be used for purchases related to technology, such as equipment, infrastructure, and professional development for staff.
The renewal of the Technology Levy will continue to allow MSD to:
- Keep classroom technologies current with industry standards (software, student computing devices, interactive display panels, document cameras, staff workstations, and classroom audio enhancement systems)
- Provide training for teachers to integrate technology into classroom instruction
- Utilize online applications, subscription services and/or software licenses for classroom instruction that have ongoing fees
- Upgrade and add safety equipment and systems, which potentially could be electronic locks and programming, security cameras, visitor management technology
- Provide student training for online safety and digital citizenship
- Update and maintain makerspace equipment such as robots, circuits and programming devices
The school board's goal in placing this renewal of the technology levy on the ballot was to closely align the rate we are asking from taxpayers with what they are currently paying. Our school board believes in only asking our community to fund true needs for our students and with the constant changes in technology, this levy is necessary to help prepare our students for careers of the future.
*The rate per $1,000 of assessed property value is an estimate based on reasonable assumptions of future assessed property value at the time of board approval. The rate per $1000 is adjusted annually by the Snohomish County Assessor's office once assessed property valuations are finalized. If the board's assumed accessed property value growth is lower than anticipated, the Board has the option to recertify the levy in November to collect less than the voters approved if the rate per $1000 exceeds the anticipated rate. The Board does not have the ability to collect more in levy dollars than than the voters approve if the assessed property valuation is higher than anticipated.
We want to make sure you have the information you need to be an informed voter. Please let us know what questions you have about the 2020 Renewal Technology Levy that is on the February 11, 2020 ballot. Answers to commonly asked questions can be found here.