This website is your resource to learn all about the upcoming levy scheduled for election on Tuesday, February 11, 2020. We encourage you to read through the following topics and email us any questions you may have so we can ensure you have all the information you need regarding the Operations & Maintenance Replacement Levy.
Our current levy expires in 2020!
In February 2020, Woodland voters will have the opportunity to vote on the Woodland Public Schools Replacement Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) Levy. The levy replaces an expiring levy previously approved by Woodland voters.
If renewed, this three-year replacement EP&O Levy will provide nearly 12% of the funds needed to maintain the current operation of Woodland Public Schools.
Replacement EP&O Levy Informational Postcard
Woodland Public Schools will be mailing the following informational postcard to all community members in the third week of January 2020. It contains important information about the upcoming replacement EP&O levy and why levies are important for high-quality schools.
Levies bridge the gap between state funding and what operations cost.
Levies pay for much of what schools need to provide a quality education for students including:
- Academic Programs and Classroom Supports
- Career and Technical Education (CTE) and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) courses
- Certificated and Classified Staff for programs like Special Education, Highly Capable, and English Language Learners
- Curriculum Materials and Training
- Early Childhood Learning
- Elementary Dual Language Program
- Guidance Counselors
- Professional Development for Teachers including professional learning days, training, and workshops
- Reduced Class Sizes
- Substitute Teachers
- Teacher Mentoring
- Athletics, Extracurricular Activities, and Enrichment
- All Extracurricular Activities
- Club Advisers
- Enhanced Staffing
- Mental Health Counselors
- Student Support Coaches
- Facilities Maintenance Staff
- Food Services
- Transportation (unique to Woodland's large rural geographic area)
The Replacement EP&O Levy contains no tax rate increase.
Maintaining the Woodland Public Schools' long-held tradition to serve as responsible stewards of community funds, the Board of Directors elected to keep the current rate of the existing M&O levy. The Replacement EP&O Levy will not increase the property owner's tax/millage rate.
What is a levy and how is it different from a bond?
This levy is a request by a school district of voters to continue property taxes for a limited number of years to fund district operations costs. Local levies bridge the gap between state funding and what it actually costs to operate schools.
Whereas levies pay for enhanced staffing for special programs and lower class sizes; underfunded and unfunded programs; facility maintenance; and needed supplies, bonds pay for the construction of buildings.
An easy way to remember the difference is the phrase: "Levies are for Learning, Bonds are for Building."
Our local Educational Service District 112 produced this video to help further illustrate the difference between levies and bonds:
Why is local funding necessary - isn’t the state required to pay for basic education?
Continuation of local funding is crucial because State and Federal funding only pays for about 88% of the total education costs in Woodland. Local levy dollars bridge the nearly 12% gap between what the state pays and the actual costs of operating our schools.
You can learn more about school funding from ESD 112's Seeds of School Funding Website
You can also watch this video about Washington's recent changes to school funding:
What is the difference between a "regular majority" and a "super majority?"
"Regular majority" and "super majority" are terms referring to the number of votes required to approve a measure.
Regular majority measures require a total "yes" vote count of 50% plus 1 of the filed ballots for approval. Super majority measures require a total "yes" vote count of 60% of the filed ballots for approval.
Currently, the Washington State Legislature dictates that school levies require a regular majority (50% plus 1) to pass while school bonds require a super majority (60%).
The Woodland Public Schools' EP&O levy requires a regular majority (50% plus 1) for approval.
How much funding will the EP&O levy provide the district?
In November 2019, the Board of Directors determined the amounts to be collected. Over the course of three years, the Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) will collect a total of $17,250,000 as follows:
- In 2021, the levy will collect $5,400,000
- In 2022, the levy will collect $5,750,000
- In 2023, the levy will collect $6,100,000
What is the estimated levy rate per $1,000 of assessed property value?
The Board of Directors elected to keep the estimated levy rate unchanged from the Maintenance & Operations (M&O) levy the 2020 EP&O Levy replaces.
The estimated levy rate per $1,000 of assessed property value is as follows:
- Current Levy: $2.37 per $1,000 in 2020
- 2021: $2.37 per $1,000.00
- 2022: $2.36 per $1,000.00
- 2023: $2.36 per $1,000.00
How do I calculate my household's tax amount?
Local levy and bond tax amounts are calculated using the assessed value of property. You can calculate your household's tax amount by multiplying the tax rate for the year by your home's assessed value as calculated by the state's tax assessor's office.
For example, if the tax rate for the year is $2.36 per $1,000 of assessed property value and your home's assessed property value is $150,000, you would calculate your tax rate as follows:
- Divide your home's assessed value of $150,000 by $1,000 = 150
- Multiply the tax rate of $2.36 x 150 = $354.00
Your individual tax amount in this example is $354.00 for the year or just $29.50 a month.
You can look up your home's assessed value by referring to your most recent assessor's notice or by entering your home's street address on Clark County's GIS System Website or Cowlitz County's GIS System Website. After entering your address, the websites will provide you a report including your property's Assessment Data.
You can drop off your ballot 24 hours a day at your county's drop box locations:
More information about the election is available from the Washington Secretary of State Website