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  • Dear Community,

    On February 11, 2020 Orting residents have the opportunity to approve a two-year Replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy for the Orting students. This replacement levy provides approximately 9% of our operating budget and funds numerous opportunities for Orting students including:

    • After school activities and athletics
    • Classroom instructional materials
    • Technology
    • Safety and security enhancements
    • Staffing and substitutes
    • Staff professional development
    • Transportation services
    • General maintenance equipment and services

    We strive to balance the needs of our students and staff with fiscal responsibility to our voters. That is why this two-year replacement levy will have an estimated tax rate of $2.07 per $1000 of assessed property, though we are authorized to ask for up to $2.50 per $1,000 of assessed value. If approved, our district anticipates collecting $3,900,000 in 2021 and $4,100,000 in 2022. 

    The history of this replacement levy passing every two years shows the care you have for Orting students and the value you place on ensuring all students are ready for college, careers, and life! If you would like to learn more about the replacement levy, feel free to call (360) 893-6500 x221 to talk to me or Tara Long, our Communications Coordinator.

    Sincerely,
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    Dr. Marci Shepard

Replacement Levy Q&A

  • What is a school levy?
    A school levy is a local property tax that helps fund education programs and operations not fully funded by the state. Simply put, levies are for learning, bonds are for building. Our district places a Replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy before voters every two years, with the next one appearing on the February 11, 2020 ballot.

    What does the replacement levy pay for?
    The levy funds opportunities for Orting students beyond what the state provides including:

    • After school activities and athletics
    • Classroom instructional materials 
    • Technology
    • Safety and security enhancements
    • Staffing and substitutes
    • Staff professional development 
    • Transportation services
    • General maintenance equipment and services

    (Note: Replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy dollars cannot be used to build new schools. School districts must run a Capital Bond to fund construction.)

    How much will the levy cost me?
    We strive to balance the needs of our students and staff with fiscal responsibility to our voters. That is why this two-year replacement levy will have an estimated tax rate of $2.07 per $1000 of assessed property, though we are authorized to ask for up to $2.50 per $1,000 of assessed value. If approved, our district anticipates collecting $3,900,000 in 2021 and $4,100,000 in 2022.

    Why does the district have to request a levy?
    The funds from the local replacement levy allows us to continue to fund education programs and operations not fully funded by the state and federal sources.

    Is there an exemption for senior citizens?
    Yes, if a senior citizen meets certain eligibility requirements. For additional information, contact Pierce County Assessor-Treasurer's Office - Senior Citizen and Disabled Person Property Tax Exemption Department at (253) 798-2169.

    What are the official voter approval requirements for the Replacement Educational Programs & Operations Levy?
    To successfully pass, the replacement levy must receive a simple majority approval by district voters (50% + 1) of the total votes cast. 

    What has the replacement levy rate been in years past?
    In 2019, a Legislative mandate imposed a one-year $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value cap on the collection rate of all school districts. That rate has since been lifted to $2.50. Under this new cap, we are asking our voters to support $2.07, a decrease from historic levels.

     rates by year

    What happens if the levy does not pass?
    If the replacement levy does not pass, we not only lose the replacement levy revenue that makes up approximately 9% of our budget, but we also lose $1.6 million in state funds called Local Effort Assistance (LEA)  in 2021 and $1.7 million in 2022. Replacement levy dollars and Local Effort Assistance from the State of Washington are vital to ensuring that Orting students have numerous opportunities to prepare for college, careers and life.
     
    What is the projected allocation for levy dollars?

    projected expenditures
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