2022 Renewal School Program & Operations Levy

In February of 2022, Monroe voters did not approve the renewal of the expiring School Program & Operations Levy.  

The current School Program & Operations levy (SP&O), which voters approved in 2018, is set to expire in 2022. The renewal of the SP&O levy would not be a new tax; it would be a replacement of an expiring levy that would continue to bridge the gap between what the state funds as basic education and the cost of all the programs, services, and essential staff the Monroe School District provides for its students.


What does the levy pay for?

A renewal of the four-year SP&O levy would continue to fund many critical day-to-day operations, programs, services and essential staff, not fully funded by the state, including:

  • Athletics and extracurricular activities, such as band, choir and drama
  • Additional staff beyond what the state provides funding for, such as nurses, counselors, paraeducators
  • Additional teachers beyond what the state provides funding for, to keep class sizes low
  • School safety and security
  • Student transportation
  • Special education programs
  • Student support programs
  • Professional learning for staff
  • Operations and building maintenance costs
  • Supplies and materials
  • Salaries and benefits beyond what the state funds so that Monroe can remain competitive with surrounding school districts and attract/retain quality staff

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Cost Information

As of November 2021, Monroe taxpayers are currently paying a tax rate of $1.73 per $1,000 of assessed property value for the expiring SP&O levy. If approved by voters, the replacement SP&O Levy estimated amount of $1.71* per $1,000 of assessed property value will generate a maximum of:

  • $15,890,376 in 2023 (estimated $1.71 per $1,000 of assessed property value*)
  • $16,767,086 in 2024 (estimated $1.72 per $1,000 of assessed property value*)
  • $17,672,509 in 2025 (estimated $1.73 per $1,000 of assessed property value*)
  • $18,607,442 in 2026 (estimated $1.73 per $1,000 of assessed property value*)

*The estimated tax rates are based upon information provided by the Snohomish County Assessor's Office at this time. The exact levy rate to be collected shall be adjusted based upon the actual assessed value of the property within the Monroe School District at the time of the levy.

Tax Rate Comparison

The table below shows a local school tax rate comparison of all school district within Snohomish County. The total local school tax rate includes all voter approved bonds and levies within each school district. In comparison to other districts, Monroe School District collects a lower tax rate than the majority of other districts.

School District Total LOCAL School Tax Rate*
Snohomish School District $4.6435
Granite Falls School District $4.3230
Marysville School District $4.0050
Everett Public Schools $3.7507
Lake Stevens School District $3.6477
Northshore School District $3.6315
Stanwood-Camano School District $3.1433
Mukilteo School District $3.0641
Edmonds School District $2.7988
Arlington Public Schools $2.7122

Monroe School District

$2.6199

Sultan School District $2.1001
Darrington School District $1.7462
Lakewood School District $1.5451
Index School District

$0.6827

*2021 tax rates per $1,000 of assessed property value


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