Levy tax rates DECREASE if property values increase.

School districts can only collect the total tax amount APPROVED by the voters.
If assessed property values increase over the life of the replacement levy, the tax rate will DECREASE. School levies are NOT ALLOWED to collect more money than the voters approved.

Real-World Example:

  • In 2020, the current school levy was estimated to have a tax rate of $2.36 per $1,000 of assessed property value for this year (2023).

  • However, when the county increased the assessed property values in 2022, the actual school levy tax rate DECREASED to $2.10 for 2023, a substantial reduction from the 2020 estimate reflecting the increase in assessed property values.
  • The total tax amount collected by the district's EP&O levy in 2023 remained the same as what voters approved in 2020, but the tax rate was LOWER than what was estimated in 2020 due to the increase in property values. 

By law, school districts can only collect the total amount of levy tax approved by voters.

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