School Program and Operations Levy

A four-year replacement of an expiring School Program & Operations (SP&O) Levy will be presented to voters on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. The proposed levy is a replacement of the current levy, which expires in 2018. It is not a new tax.

How SP&O Levy Dollars are Spent

Funds from the levy support Monroe School District’s school programs and operations not funded by the State of Washington. The replacement School Program and Operations Levy helps support our growing number of students and continue with current programs, including the following:

      • School safety and security
      • Athletics and extracurricular activities
      • Student transportation
      • Special education programs
      • Student support programs
      • Professional learning for staff
      • District operations and building maintenance
      • Instructional supplies and materials

Total Local School District Tax Rate

If approved by voters, the Replacement School Program and Operations Levy would allow the school district to collect $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value. This would be a decrease in the local school tax rate from the $3.16 per $1,000 of assessed property value that was collected in 2017 for the expiring Maintenance and Operations (M&O) Levy.

Changes to the State School Levy Funding

In July 2017, the Washington State Legislature made a decision to increase the amount of funding the state provides to schools and to reduce the amount of local taxes school districts can request and collect. This property tax shift changes how school districts receive funding, but does not change the need for local levies.

Beginning in 2018, Washington State will be collecting $0.82 more per $1,000 of assessed property value in the Monroe School District to go towards education. This increase in property taxes will occur whether or not the proposed levy passes. Once the local M&O levy expires, local taxpayers will see a decrease in their overall tax rate in 2019, even if the proposed SP&O levy is approved by local voters.

Total education property tax rate for Monroe School DistrictYou can find detailed information on the tax shift in Snohomish County on the Assessor's website and you can learn more about House Bill 2242 here.

How Tax Amounts are Determined for Property Owners

Each property owner pays a different amount of taxes because the assessed value for each property is different. Monroe School District can only collect the levy amount approved by voters - no matter how much the assessed values increase. As more people move into the Monroe School District boundaries, more property owners contribute to the total levy amount. This means that each property owner will likely pay less.

Resources and More Information

Registered voters will receive their ballots in the mail around Friday, Jan. 26. Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day—Tuesday, Feb. 13 at midnight. They may also be dropped off at the 24-hour secure ballot drop box outside of the Monroe Library at 1070 Village Way.

Download the Levy Fact Sheet (PDF)

Download the Levy Fact Sheet

Community Levy Presentations

To request a levy presentation, email or call (360) 804.2607.

Tuesday, January 9
Monroe Chamber of Commerce
The Rock Church
16891 146th Street SE
Monroe, WA 98272
11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, January 10
East County Senior Center
276 Sky River Parkway
Monroe, WA 98272
12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 10
MHS Bearcat Pride
Monroe High School
17001 Tester Road
Monroe, WA 98272
7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 16
Maltby PTO
Maltby Elementary School
9700 - 212th Street SE
Snohomish, WA 98296
7:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 18
Kiwanis Club
Boys' and Girls' Club Community Room
261 Sky River Pkwy
Monroe, WA 98272
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 18
Hidden River PTO
Hidden River Middle School
9224 Paradise Lake Road
Snohomish, WA 98296
7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 23
Regency Care Center
1355 W Main Street
Monroe, WA 98272
2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, January 23
Monroe Library
10170 Village Way
Monroe, WA 98272
6:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 25
Brookdale Senior Living Center
15465 179th Ave SE
Monroe, WA 98272
3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 7
Lions Club
15465 179th Ave SE
Monroe, WA 98272
7:00 p.m.