• Dear Community,

    On April 28, 2020 Orting residents have the opportunity to approve a two-year Replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy for the Orting students. This is our voter's chance to decide the level of staffing, services, and opportunities our students will receive. 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. 

    Please vote by April 28, 2020. Ballots mailed April 11th.

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 April 28, 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.)

    Why we are running this measure again so soon after it failed to pass as recently as February?
    Best for Kids: Historically, spring elections have been the most favorable for education levies. We owe it to our students to run this levy when it has the best chance of passing because it is directly tied to the level of staffing, services, and opportunities our students will receive.
    Best for Staff: Per union agreements, we have deadlines of May 15th and the end of the school year to inform staff whether they will have a job to return to the following school year. We owe it to our staff to honor these agreements on behalf of kids.
    Best for Budget: We are required to submit a budget for review to our Educational Service District by July 10th, and the school board is required to approve a balanced budget by August 31st.

    If we wait until the August or November elections, we will miss these important opportunities to best meet the kids of Orting kids!

    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.

    What happens if the levy does not pass?
    The state does not fully fund education. If the replacement levy does not pass, we will feel the impacts across our district. We will 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. Loss of the levy will be felt at every level of our system.

    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.

    How can I register to vote or update my voter information?
    Visit https://voter.votewa.gov/WhereToVote.aspx

    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.

    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.

     rates by year

     
    What is the projected allocation for levy dollars?

    projected expenditures
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