It is a local property tax collected to help finance the education programs and operations of public schools in the Orting School District. Our Replacement Educational Maintenance & Operations Levy pays for items necessary for the day-to-day operations of schools. It includes items not fully funded by the State and provides about 18% of the District’s financial support.
By raising money locally through a levy, the district is able to maintain funding for programs beyond what the state provides. This includes:
Instructional assistants who work one-on-one or in small groups with students, and provide supervision on the playground;
Programs to challenge students, such as gifted education and advanced placement;
Special education, remediation, and English as a Second Language programs;
Books, learning materials, software and technology used by students in school;
Training for teachers to keep their skills and knowledge updated;
Time for teachers to prepare quality classroom lessons;
Transporting students to and from school;
Coaching, supervision, and transportation for extracurricular activities, including student music programs and all sports programs;
Maintaining and operating school facilities, including heat and lights for classrooms;
Counselors, librarians, and nurses; and,
Fair and competitive salaries to retain highly qualified staff.
D Doesn’t the state fully fund basic education? State and other funding provides approximately 82% of the funds required to operate the school district. The funds from the replacement levy allow the district to continue programs and services that are not fully paid for by the state.
Yes, if senior citizens meet certain eligibility requirements. For additional information about eligibility, contact the Pierce County Assessor-Treasurers Office - Senior Citizen and Disabled Person Property Tax Exemption Department at 253 798 2169.
Yes, the state puts a levy lid on the amounts a district may request. This lid is relative to the level of certain state and federal revenues received. (Note: The district is again not requesting the maximum allowed by the state.)
We are hopeful the measure will pass. The school board will make that decision as part of the budget process when it considers available resources for all sources (local levies, state, and federal funds). When faced with cuts, the district always makes cuts to the classroom last; students are our top priority. However, a failed levy would be felt at all levels across the system.
This two-year levy will have an estimated tax rate of $3.99 per $1,000 of assessed property valuation for 2016 and $3.99 per $1,000 of assessed property valuation for 2017. If approved, the district anticipates collecting $4,350,000 in 2017 and $4,475,000 in 2018. This is less per thousand than was approved in the last levy. The last levy was assessed at $4.57 per $1,000 for 2015 and $4.61 per $1,000 for 2016.
T Two requirements must be satisfied for successful passage of an M&O Levy. First, it must receive a “simple majority” of approval by district voters. In other words, the Levy must bass by a margin of “50% + 1”, of the total votes cast. Secondly, an M&O election must satisfy validation” requirements. The number of “yes” votes must equal 24% of the total ballots in the prior general election. For example, if there were 3,000 votes cast in the district during the last general election, the following M&) Levy must generate 720 “yes” votes to validate.
N None of the levy dollars will be used to build new schools. School districts must run a Capital Bond or Capital Levy to fund school construction.
Mo Most school districts in the greater Puget Sound area also have Educational Replacement levies that provide approximately 20% of their financial support. Tax rates vary based upon the total assessed valuation of taxable property within the district as well as the M&O Levy amounts school districts are authorized to collect.