Proposition 1 – Renewal Two-Year Educational Programs and Operations Levy (EP&O)
Quick look – This levy pays for basic general classroom and operational needs such as special education, curriculum, extra-curricular activities, and staff salaries that are not fully funded by the state. Total cost = $81.2 million over two years.
Proceeds will fund:
- Mental health counselors
- Student support coaches
- Security staff
- Certificated and classified staff for
Special Education, Highly Capable, and
English Language Learner programs
- Professional development for teachers
including professional learning days,
training, and workshops
- Substitute teachers
- Career and Technical Education/STEM learning
- Early Childhood Learning
- Curriculum materials and training
- Reduced class sizes
- Activities and club advisors
- All extracurricular activities
- Athletic Directors
- High school schedules that create opportunities for acceleration,
exploration, and remediation.
- Elementary Dual Language program
- New teacher mentoring program
- More academic guidance counselors
- Increased mental health counselors and support
- Expanded Early Learning programs
Proposition 2 – Renewal School Bus Ley: Health, Safety and Efficiency
Quick look – proceeds from this levy will provide $2 million in 2019 to purchase 76 buses to enable the District’s fleet to run as safely, cleanly, and efficiently as possible. The levy will allow the District to collect state funding to offset the cost of bus purchases, ensure alignment with state safety standards, and provide the most efficient buses.
Proposition 3 – Renewal Capital Levy: Education Technology and Critical Repairs
Quick look – The District will collect nearly $54 million for technology and $14.5 million for critical repairs over the life of the levy.
Proceeds will fund – For technology, these dollars will fund replacement of aging computers, printers, servers, and document cameras, staff training, development of online classes/educational opportunities, school tech specialists, upgrades of wireless Internet, safety and efficiency software for school bus operations, and continued upgrades to District websites, emergency alert systems, and other e-communications. For critical repairs, the Capital Levy includes maintenance of heating and cooling systems, additional portable classroom space, safety and security upgrades.
- Local tax impact: The local Issaquah School District tax rate is expected to decrease an estimated $0.69 per $1,000 in 2019 and $0.49 in 2020.
- State school taxes: The state portion of school taxes will increase an estimated $0.96/$1,000 and may be further increased by the State Department of Revenue.
Chart #1 Shows the Total Combined Levy including all three local replacement levies, local construction bonds, and the state school levy. The higher tax rate in 2018 is the result of the new state tax and the final collection of the local levy that expires in 2018. Combined tax rates would then begin to level off from 2019-2022.
The total combined tax rate for state and local school levies and construction bonds in 2017 was $6.09 per $1,000 of assessed property value (APV). The total combined rate for state and local school levies and construction bonds will be an estimated $6.92 per $1,000 APV in 2018, then drop back down to an estimated $6.24 per $1,000 in APV in 2019, and increase to $6.49 per $1,000 APV in 2020.
Chart #2 Focuses on the Two-Year Educational Programs and Operations Levy and reflects the shift in property taxes between state and local school levies due to the new school funding legislation enacted by Washington State in June, 2017. Beginning in 2018, the rate of the state portion of school taxes will increase by an estimated $0.96 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The Issaquah School District’s local EP&O levy rate is being reduced by an estimated $0.69 per $1,000 in 2019 and $0.49 in 2020.
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About this series: EEN’s School District Ballot Measure Overview provides voters with information about the February 2018 levy/bond ballot measures, compiled from each school district’s website. EEN intern Cami Brix contributed to this series.