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.
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.