Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) Replacement and Capital Levy Election February 11, 2020Thank you for your interest to learn more about the upcoming Replacement EP&O and Capital Facilities levies that will be on the February 11, 2020 ballot.On November 14, 2019, the Tumwater School Board of Directors passed two resolutions that will place these measures on the February 11, 2020 ballot:
Levies help the District pay for educational programs and operations costs that are not fully funded by the State.Levy Fact Sheet - You can download and print it here. Copies are also available at the District Office, 621 Linwood Ave. SW or by calling 360-709-7000.Frequently Asked Questions & AnswersQ: Are these new taxes?A: The EP&O Replacement Levy is not a new tax, but will replace the current levy that voters approved in 2016 and will end in 2020. The Capital Facilities Levy is a new tax, but the overall TSD tax rates will remain stable and not increase above the 2019 or 2020 collections due to the voter-approved bond costs decreasing.Q: What is the difference between a Levy and a Bond?A: The quick answer is that "Levies are for learning" and "Bonds are for buildings." The Replacement EP&O Levy pays for ongoing costs including educational programs and operating costs that are not fully funded by the State. The Replacement EP&O Levy on the ballot will help support:
- Four-year Replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy. This would allow the district to collect $2.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value from 2021-2024, replacing the current levy that ends in 2020. This is not a new tax
- Two-year Capital Facilities Levy. This would allow the district to collect $10M in funding over two years (2021-2022). The estimated tax impact is $.75 per $1,000 of assessed property value.
- Additional staff (nurses, counselors, librarians, safety & security)
- Career & Technical Education and Science, Technology, Engineering and Math programs
- Special Education
- The Arts, Music and Theater
- Advanced Placement
The Capital Facilities Levy will pay for facility improvements and repairs, pre-planning costs for the next new Tumwater school, improved safety and security of our facilities, critical repairs to our buildings, and new technology for our students.Q: How will this effect taxes?A: We expect the combined tax rate - which includes the EP&O Levy, current bonds, and the Capital Facilities Levy - to be approximately $5.00 per $1,000 of assessed value.Q: How can I estimate how much I'd pay for the EP&O Replacement Levy?A: Locate your assessed property value. Divide it by $1,000. Next, multiply this amount by the tax rate of $2.50.Example:$350,000 home / $1,000 x $2.50 = $875 per year or $72.92 per monthQ: How can I estimate how much I'd pay for the Capital Facilities Levy?A: Locate your assessed property value. Divide it by $1,000. Next, multiply this amount by the estimated tax rate of $.75.Example:$350,000 home / $1,000 x $.75 = $262.5 per year or $21.88 per monthQ: What percentage of the District's budget does the EP&O Levy represent?A: When the levy amount is compared to all of the District's resources, the Replacement EP&O Levy will represent approximately 12% of our total budget.Q: How can I find out more information about my personal property tax history?A: View the Thurston County Assessor's A+ Parcel Look-Up to see complete data for your personal property.Q: How do I find out if I am tax exempt?A: A property tax exemption is available for qualifying seniors and disabled individuals. See the Department of Revenue's website for details by clicking this link.Levy questions, comments, suggestions may be sent via email to: email@example.com or by USPS to Superintendent Sean Dotson, Tumwater School District, 621 Linwood Ave SW, Tumwater, WA 98512. You may also call 360-709-7000.Please call 360-709-7000 if you have additional questions.