Levy and Bond Information

2014 School Maintenance and Operations (M&O) levy renewal 
The purpose of a Maintenance and Operations levy is to provide general operating funds that supplement state and federal funding for public schools.  Levies were intended to provide for extras beyond basic education, but have become a significant funding source for most school districts due to diminishing funding from the state and federal government. On November 14, 2013 the North Kitsap School Board of Directors approved to place a four year Maintenance and Operations Levy Renewal before the voters on February 11, 2014.  The current levy expires at the end of 2014 and accounts for 23% of the district budget.  The renewal will continue funding needed to sustain programs and services.  Currently 95% of all schools in Washington State are collecting local levy money.
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The School Support M&O levy
  • Replaces the current levy, which will expire at the end of 2014
  • Authorizes collection for four years of an annual levy for general operations for each year.
  • Provides 23% of the funding for the general operations of North Kitsap School District, or close to 1/4
  • Requires a 50% plus 1 vote to pass
  • Will expire at the end 2018 
What the levy pays for:
  • Bridges the gap between state and federal funding and the actual cost to run a school district
  • 25% of levy dollars go towards teaching staff costs
  • 32% of levy dollars go towards non-teaching staff costs 
  • Classroom supplies and textbooks
  • Technology
  • Safety and security
  • Transportation costs
  • Facility Maintenance, utilities, insurance
  • Programs that meet instructional needs such as Special Education and other special programs
  • Extracurricular activities and athletics
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How much the School Support M&O levy costs
The replacement of the existing School Maintenance and Operations Levy authorizes for a four-year levy:  $16.5 Million in 2015, $16.95 Million in 2016, $17.45 Million in 2017, and $17.95 Million in 2018.  This levy will pay for part of the general expenses for educational programs and operations.  The estimated tax rates per $1,000 of assessed property value are $2.83 in 2015, $2.85 in 2016, $2.90 in 2017, and $2.96 in 2018.
What are levy limits?
School districts are limited by the State of Washington in the amount of funding it can receive through local levy dollars.  The district cannot legally collect more than 28% of the funding it receives through specific state and federal programs.  It also cannot use money from capital project funds or bonds to pay for general operations.  In 2018, the percent will drop to 24%.  At that time, the state legislature is supposed to have increased K-12 basic education funding due to a supreme court ruling called the McCleary decision (read more about funding here). 
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