The results are in from the Feb. 2018 levy and bond measures for school districts across the state. Locally, most agreed these elections had a decidedly different vibe than ones in past years, as school districts and taxpayers adjust to a new education funding plan passed out of the legislature in 2017. During this “bridge” year of implementing the plan, state property taxes are going up while school districts begin the process of dialing back local levies.
Despite these somewhat turbulent tax crosswinds, voters appear to have mostly passed their local levies (which primarily go towards supporting school operations). According to analysis from the Washington Education Association, voters across the state approved 95 percent of local levies for school operations. Bonds – which fund school building construction and require a 60 percent +1 margin for passage – did not fare as well (which is typically the case).