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Levy Information

Local levies fund education programs and operation of your public schools.

In the Sumner School District, levy dollars fund approximately 20% of our budget. Levy dollars fund day-to-day expenses, not “extras.”

The levy supports day-to-day operation of schools and items not funded, or not fully funded, by the state. Levy dollars are spent directly on services to all students. The last Maintenance and Operation levy that was approved by voters was in February 2014.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Levies

  • What is an educational programs, maintenance and operation levy?

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    This is a property tax collected to help finance the education programs and operations of public schools in the Sumner School District. The levy pays for items necessary for the day-to-day operation of schools. The levy does not fund “extras.”

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  • How much funding does the replacement levy provide?

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    The levy pays for items not funded, or not fully funded, by the State and provides about 20% of the District’s financial support. Local levy dollars are necessary and help fill the shortfall in State and Federal funding, providing education programs and services for over 8,000 students throughout the Sumner School District.

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  • How are these dollars used?

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    The levy provides money to hire classroom teachers and paraeducators. It also provides support for instructional supplies and materials including textbooks. Levy dollars fund all school safety, security and prevention programs, all athletic, drama, music and extra-curricular programs and activities, and student transportation.

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  • How does Sumner compare with neighboring school districts?

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    Most school districts in the greater Puget Sound area also have M & O levies that provide approximately 20% of their financial support. Tax rates vary based upon the total assessed valuation of property within the district. Sumner’s tax rates for schools are among the lowest in the area.

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  • Is this a new tax?

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    No, it simply replaces the current four-year levy, approved by voters in 2010 that expires at the end of 2014.

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  • Why is this a four-year levy?

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    Because long-range financial planning is important and to reduce staff time and election costs, the Sumner School District Board has chosen to again place a four-year levy on the ballot for voter consideration. The levy will collect funds in 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018. By law, voters must approve renewal of the existing levy every four years.

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  • What is the tax rate?

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    It is too early to estimate the tax rate; this information will be available in early 2014. Historically, Sumner School District has had one of the lowest levy rates in our area. Property taxes, such as school levies and bonds, are tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes. Contact your tax advisor for more information.

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  • Need More Information?

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    If you have additional questions or need more information, call the Communications and Community Relations Office at (253) 891-6087.

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