Educational Program and Operations Levy

Educational Program and Operations (EP&O) Levy

This measure has been approved by the North Kitsap School Board.  The measure will be placed on the February 13, 2018 ballot for voter approval at a rate of $1.50/$1,000 assessed value over four years, which is an average of approximately $12 Million per year.

This is not a new tax.  The EP&O levy replaces the 2014 Maintenance and Operations (M&O) Levy approved by voters that expires at the end of 2018.  This levy provides continued funding for important programs and operations not funded by the state.  

What is an EP&O Levy?

Even with the new changes in state funding, the state does not provide school districts with funding that meets the basic needs of school districts across the state.  EP&O and M&O levies fill that gap.  Voters approve local levies by a simple majority vote of 50 percent plus 1.

In July of this year, the state legislature approved an education funding plan that involves increasing state property taxes for education and placing limits on the amount of EP&O levy funding that local districts can collect.  Districts can either collect $1.50/$1000 of assessed property value, or $2,500 per student, whichever is less.  For North Kitsap, we must collect the $1.50/$1000. 

The result:  North Kitsap School District will collect approximately $5 Million less per year in local levy tax with the new limits.



What does the EP&O Levy fund?

For North Kitsap, local levy dollars currently support four major categories.

Classroom and Program Support

Classroom and student support is currently funded $12 million beyond the state funding models.
  • Certificated Staff above state funding model (Teachers, Counselors, Teachers on Special Assignment, Administrative Support, Others)
  • Classified Staff above state funding model (Office Managers, Secretaries, Paraeducators, Grounds, Maintenance, Custodial, Computer Technicians, Food/Nutirtion Services, Bus Drivers, Support Center Staff - Payroll, Human Resources, Accounting, Program Coordinators)
  • Program Support (Education Departments, Transportation, Food Services, Facilities, Business Operations)

Special Education

  • $2.8 million in educational help for students with special needs is not funded by the state

Transportation

  • $1 million for transporting students safely to and from school is not covered by the current state funding model.

Athletics/Extracurricular

  • Currently levy funds of $1 million dollars support these activities.

 

 

 

 




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