Levy 2020

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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).  

Levies are for Learning  A levy is a local property tax that the school district uses for  programs, activities, and staffing that support the educational needs of Sunnyside students.

Replacement Levy  This is a replacement or renewal of the four-year levy that was approved in 2016 at a rate of $2.08 and is set to expire on Dec. 31, 2020.

Levy Equalization  If approved, the school district would collect an estimated $2.8 million in local tax dollars. Approval also qualifies the district to receive an estimated $8 million in levy equalization funds (LEA) from the state of Washington at no additional cost to local property owners. If the levy fails, the district will not be able to collect any local tax dollars, or receive any LEA funds.

Levy equalization funds are an attempt to bridge the local tax funding gap between school districts in property-poor communities and those in communities with higher property values.

State Funding Model   Local levy funding allows us to provide the quality education our community expects for our children, which goes beyond the minimum that is funded by the state. Levy dollars pay for needs not fully funded by the state, such as: 

School Nurses and Security Liasons

Bonds are for Building "Didn't the District just pass a new tax in 2019?" Yes, a bond was approved by voters to expand facilities at Sunnyside High School. Bonds are different from levies as bonds can only be used for construction and facility updates.

Sunnyside currently has three approved bonds, but only collects taxes on the 2019 bond. The other two are currently paid for with excess general funds at a rate of $1.69.

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Cost Information  The levy would be collected at an estimated rate of $1.59 per $1,000 in assessed property value. By adding the 2019 Bond rate of $0.58, the total for taxpayers is $2.17. 

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f the levy fails, the other two bond taxes would have to be collected for an increase of $0.11 and a total of $2.28.

Graphic showing property taxes for different home values if the levy passes.  Graphic showing property taxes for different home values if the levy fails.



Photos of Sunnyside students working in the classroom, performing a musical, and our high school mascot, Hercules, posing with a teacher.

What Levy and Levy Equalization Dollars Fund

Student Programs

Fine and Performing Arts ( Middle Schools & High School )
Athletics ( Middle Schools & High School ) Enrichment programs, field trips, clubs, organizations, and supplemental contracts

Student Support  Additional school counselors and nurses  Gang, drug and alcohol, prevention and intervention Family engagement and support

Student Safety and Security

School security liaison School safety and security coordinator School resource officers Safety equipment, training, security cameras, emergency notification and communication systems

Technology Classroom technology Mobile computer labs Infrastructure, software, and Wifi systems

Curriculum and Instruction Instructional supplies and materials 
Textbook/ instructional materials adoptions Support for expanded course offerings Support for Highly Capable Program

Facilities, Maintenance, Grounds Additional custodial and maintenance staffing Equipment Annual facility improvement projectsIcons depicting programs that the levy funds.

Photos of students participating in band, playing with other students and 2019 graduates.
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