** All ballots must be submitted by Election Day: Tuesday, April 28, 2020 **
Ballots will be mailed April 10, 2020

This website is your resource to learn all about the replacement levy scheduled for election on Tuesday, April 28, 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.

Woodland Public School's current levy expires at the end of 2020

Woodland Public Schools' levy expires in 2020

In April 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.

Without a replacement to the existing levy expiring this year, the district must cut $3,000,000 in educational programs and services from the budget for the 2020-2021 school year.

Without a replacement levy for its expiring levy, Woodland Public Schools must cut $3,000,000 in educational programs and services for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year.

Nearly every school district in Washington State needs a locally-funded levy to provide the additional services schools need to provide high-quality educational opportunities for children.

In Woodland, the following educational programs are funded by local levy dollars and may be reduced in size or eliminated entirely without a replacement levy:

  • Arts, Music, Athletics, and Extracurricular Clubs
  • Career Center at Woodland High School
  • Class Size Reduction Programs, particularly at the middle school and high school
  • Current Technology
  • Current Textbooks and Curriculum
  • Curriculum Introductions and Updates
  • Custodians, Maintenance and Grounds Staff
  • Elementary Counselors / Social Workers
  • Family Community Resource Center
  • Paraprofessionals who support quality teaching at every school
  • PASS – Woodland High School’s Program which reduces dropout rates and improves student performance
  • School Bus Transportation
  • School Secretaries
  • Special Education Programs
  • Specialized & Advanced Placement (AP) Courses
  • Student Behavior and Discipline Support Staff
  • Summer School Credit Recovery at Woodland High School
  • Support Programs which help students come to school ready to learn
  • Teacher and Staff Training
  • Teaching Improvement Specialists

The replacement levy is not a new tax.

The board of directors approved a levy to replace the existing levy that expires in 2020 with a three-year levy at the same tax rate voters are currently paying:

  • This year (2020): $2.37 per $1,000 of assessed property value
  • Next year (2021): $2.37 per $1,000 of assessed property value
  • 2022: $2.36 per $1,000 of assessed property value
  • 2023: $2.36 per $1,000 of assessed property value

The replacement levy does not increase the levy rate.

The levy rate for 2021 is the same as this year’s and is estimated to decrease to $2.36 in 2022 and 2023. 

This year (2020), a homeowner whose house is valued at $250,000 will pay $592.50 for Woodland’s local levy ($2.37 x 250 = $592.50). 

In 2021, the local levy tax will remain the same for the owner of a home valued at $250,000: $592.50. 

Levies are not bonds.

Levies pay for educational programs and services. Bonds pay for new buildings. 

Woodland’s replacement levy fills the gap between what the Washington state legislature funds and what local schools actually need to provide high-quality educational programs.