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Levy 2020


The Sunnyside School District is asking voters to consider a four-year levy with a rate of $1.59 per $1,000 in assessed property value (APV), on February 11, 2020. This is a renewal tax for the current levy which will expire on Dec. 31, 2020. The previous rate approved by voters in 2016 was $2.08 per $1,000 APV. 


Levies are for Learning


A levy is a property tax voted on by registered voters in the Sunnyside School District. The funds collected allow the Sunnyside School District to provide and operate educational programs for students not funded by the state.


Levy dollars fund programs and opportunities that support students. Performings arts programs like theater and all middle and high school athletics programs are funded through the levy. Clubs and activities such as field trips are available to students in part due to levy funding.


State Funding


The state of Washington has a basic education calculation that is used to provide funds for school districts. Under the state’s model for example, the Sunnyside School District receives funding to pay for one security specialist for all eight school campuses and department facilities. Levy funding ensures Sunnyside students have six security liaisons, one security specialist, and two school resource officers. Another example is the state pays for one nurse for more than 6,700 students. The Sunnyside School District uses levy funds to provide a nurse for each one of our schools. 


Levy Equalization


Approving this levy would allow the Sunnyside School District to receive an estimated $2.8 million in local taxes plus an additional estimated $8 million in levy equalization funds from the state. If the levy does not pass, the school district is not eligible to receive any levy equalization funds. 


When voters approve levies for school districts, the state provides levy equalization funds in an attempt to bridge the local tax funding gap between school districts in property-poor communities and those in communities with higher property values. 


Bond are for Building and Levies are for Learning


In the past, Sunnyside voters approved three construction bonds, two expansion projects Sunnyside High School in 2009 and 2019, and one for Washington Elementary in 2014. 

At this time, the only bond rate collected from property owners is the most recent SHS construction bond at $0.61 per $1,000 in assessed value. The payments for the other two bonds are currently made out of excess general funds.


 
If the levy fails, the bond taxes for the Washington Elementary bond and the 2009 SHS bond would have to be collected from property owners for a total approximate tax of $2.83 per $1,000 APV. If the levy passes, the tax rate would be $2.20 per $1,000 APV.  

 



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