HARRINGTON SCHOOL DISTRICT
Educational Programs and Operation Levy
LEVY INFORMATION – 2 year Levy
Election Day is February 11, 2020
Why Do We Need a Local Levy?
Washington State is required to fund basic education in our public schools; however, things like clubs, athletics, field trips, preschool programs, and even some additional course offerings and curriculum are not included. To pay for enrichment programs and operational expenses, individual school districts must pass levies. Maintenance and operation expenses for the swimming pool is also part of the levy.
Activities & Athletics: Athletic programs like basketball, volleyball, track and cross country are included. Activities such as Knowledge Bowl, FFA, FBLA, music enrichment, band, elementary field trips, trap shooting and cultural assemblies are some other areas included in the levy.
Staffing: Levy dollars help pay for custodial and maintenance workers that keep our building and grounds safe, clean and well maintained. A portion of nursing costs are included as well. Costs for extracurricular bus drivers and portions of preschool staff salaries are covered by the levy.
Curriculum: Levy dollars help fund curriculum and teacher training for language arts, mathematics, science, social studies, health, physical education, CTE and technology. Our district is in need of curricular upgrades especially in English and Language Arts, Mathematics, and Social Studies.
How Much Will It Cost?
The levy rate limit is primarily determined by the state. The total levy amount is $375,000 and would be collected in 2021 at a rate of $2.50 per $1000 of property value. For collection in 2022 the assessed value at a rate of $2.47 per $1000 of property value would be the second year of this levy and the amount again would be $375,000. The State of Washington limited our levy rate to $1.50 per $1000 for the last couple years and the legislature allowed districts to assess at $2.50 per $1000 beginning this year as districts budgets dropped and the needs increased.
Look for your ballot in the mail by January 24.