2016 Levy Information
What is a maintenance and operations (M & 0) levy?
A M & 0 levy is a way for our community to provide support for basic education. This helps to enhance a well-rounded education for our students. 255 school districts in Washington State are currently collecting funds from maintenance and operations levies.
What does the replacement levy fund?
The replacement M & 0 levy provides support in nearly every area of student's day-to-day education. It helps pay for things the state does not fully fund, such as:
- Early learning
- Technology instruction
- STEM (Science,Technology, Engineering and Math education)
- Special education
- Enrichment programs like Highly Capable, YAMA, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, Arts Integration Specialist
- Help for struggling students in reading,writing and math
- English language development
- All day kindergarten
- Music,arts and drama
- Smaller class sizes
- School nurses
- Professional development
- Schoolsecurity and resource officers
You may be exemptSenior and disabled citizens who meet certain income requirements may be exempt from part or all of local school levy taxes. For more information, or to find out if you qualify for a property tax exemption, please contact the Yakima County Assessor's Office at 574-1100.
If the levy raises $14 million annually, why do you call this a $30 million levy?$14 million is the cost to local property owners through property tax assessment (a little over $3.00/$1000 in assessed property value).If this levy passes, Yakima School District will receive approximately $16 million from the state in what is called Levy Equalization. $14 million+ $16 million= $30 million. This is more than a dollar-to-dollar match by the state.
*Levy amounts do not change. The estimated tax rate could change if assessed property values change more or less than estimates.
Is this the right time to be asking the community for funding?
Yakima residents have a history of support for public education. We have had a maintenance and operations levy in place consistently for the past 16 years. A consistent investment in our schools and community ensures a well-rounded quality education for the students for years to come.