RWhat is the difference between a levy and a bond?
A: A levy is a tax that supplements funding for schools. State levy funds will pay for basic educational needs and local levy funding will pay for extra & co-curricular activities such as athletics, clubs, after school programs, and many student enrichment activities.
A bond is voter approved debt that funds construction and renovation projects like our High School and Freshman Campus projects.
RWhat is a Programs & Operations Levy? I thought it was an Operations & Maintenance Levy?
A: Recent changes by the state legislature in response to the McCleary decision have restricted the use of local levy dollars. These local levy dollars can only be used for “enrichment” of the basic education provided by the state of Washington.
RWhat will happen if we do not pass the levy in February?
A: The District will likely run another measure in April. If our community does not approve a replacement levy this year for 2019 – 2022, the District will assess each extra and co-curricular activity as well as programs that are funded by LEA (Local Effort Assistance) dollars and make the necessary program adjustments and cuts to fund the 2018-2019 school year.
RWhat is LEA? Do we get LEA funding from the State
if we don't pass a local levy?
A: Local Effort Assistance (LEA) is state matching levy funds given Districts to offset costs of educating students in their specific community. LEA funding is ONLY AVAILABLE to Districts that have a local levy tax. WVSD WILL NOT receive over $4.4 million per year in LEA funds if we do not pass the Programs & Operations Levy
RWhat percentage of "YES" votes are needed to pass
A: We will need a simple majority of 50% + 1 vote to approve the levy.
RIs this a new property tax I will be paying?
A: No...this 4-year levy will replace the current Operations & Maintenance Levy that expires at the end of 2018. The Programs & Operations Levy you are voting for will begin in 2019 and expire in 2022.
RWhy is the levy amount less than previous years?
A: Recent changes by the state legislature in response to the McCleary decision have restricted the amount and use of levy dollars. These local levy dollars are capped at $1.50 per thousand and can only be used for “enrichment” of the basic education provided by the state of Washington.
RWhat is a "Guardian Angel"?
A: A Guardian Angel is a community member that volunteers to reach out to their network of family and friends to make sure that they have received the information needed to support the levy or bond measure. Find out more information at the following link:
RI lost my ballot...what do I do?
A: You have a few options:
1) Give the County a call 509-574-1400 and see if there is time to send you a replacement ballot.
2) Visit the County in person at 128 N 2nd Street, Room 117.
3) Print out your ballot from home by visiting the County website: https://www.yakimacounty.us/170/Elections.
If you still are unable to get a ballot please send us an email and we'll do our best to help you out: email@example.com