RENEWAL of the Educational Programs and Operations Levy (EP&O)

On Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021 the Lake Chelan School District Board of Directors approved the resolution for the EP&O Levy (former Maintenance and Operations) to be placed on the February 8, 2022 ballot for voter approval.

This levy is not a new tax, it replaces the expiring local education levy that was approved in 2019 and will expire in 2022.  The funding generated by the EP&O Levy remains in our school district and directly impacts our students. 

LEVY FACT SHEET

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LEVY UPDATE

Lake Chelan School District is seeking applications for Pro and Con statement Committees

Lake Chelan School District is seeking applications from persons interested in being appointed to a committee to write the for/against statements for the Chelan, Douglas and Okanogan County Local Voters’ Pamphlets related to the District’s Replacement Educational Programs and Operation Levy ballot measure to be considered at the February 8, 2022 election.                                     

Those interested should send their name, address, phone number, and which position they represent to Barry P. DePaoli, Superintendent, at PO Box 369 / 309 E. Johnson Ave., Chelan, WA 98816 or via email at depaolib@chelanschools.org by November 22, 2021. The Board will take action on the appointments at its November 23, 2021 regular board meeting.

Frequently Asked Questions:

EP&O Levy funds ensure that our District’s quality educational programs continue in safe, well maintained, and clean schools.  These funds provide the support for the following essential programs and operations:

Student Support / Health & Safety

  • Nurses / Resource Officer / Liaisons / Counselors

Maintenance & Operations:

  • Additional staff / Food Service                                 

Academic Programs & Classroom Support:

  • Early Learning Programs   
  • College in the HS Courses  Curriculum Materials          
  • STEM Learning                                                        
  • Highly Capable Program    
  • Chelan School of Innovation
  • Career & Technology Education Courses & Programs  

Student Opportunities                                                         

  • Athletic Offerings                                                                                      
  • Afters Program (MOE & CMS)                                                                          
  • Club Programs (FFA / FCCLA / FBLA / Chelan Project, etc.)                       
  • Arts Programs (Music, Art, Drama)           
  • Experiential Field Trips (San Juan / Holden Village)

Opportunities:                                  

  • High School schedule that creates opportunities for acceleration, exploration, and remediation       

A school levy is a local property tax collected to help finance the educational programs and operations of the public schools in the Lake Chelan School District.  The EP&O Levy, formerly known as the Maintenance and Operations Levy, is a replacement levy that pays for items necessary for the day-to-day operations of our schools.  It includes items that are not fully funded by the State.

The major difference between a levy and a bond is that levies are for “learning” and bonds are for “building”.  Levies support resources and operations that are underfunded by the State.  Bonds are for designing and constructing new schools, performing major renovations for existing schools and acquiring land for building schools.  Levies require at 50% +1 voter approval rating while bonds require 60% +1 to pass.  The following graphic provides further explanation:

EP&O: EnhancementCapital ProjectsTechnologyTransportationBONDS
50% Approval up to 4 years 50% Approval up to 6 years 50% Approval up to 6 years50% Approval up to 2 years60% Approval
Enhancements beyond state-funded basic education: learning resources, maintenance & operations Major renovations, School replacement, Major equipment, Energy audit - Energy capital improvementsTechnology Facilities training, Software purchasesStudent transportation, Major repairs, Vehicle acquisitionNew Schools, Major renovations, Land Acquisition

School districts are funded through state, federal and local dollars.  K-12 education is not fully funded by the state of Washington; there is a gap between what the State funds for Pre-K-12 education and what students need.  As a result, all school districts rely on local voter- approved funding measures to bridge the gap. Every two years we ask voters to consider renewing this levy. 

The levy is not a new tax.  It renews an expiring tax that provides local funding for critical needs not covered by state funding.  Levy failure would mean a significant reduction in staff, programs, and services for students.  The proposed collection is $3,608,822 for 2023 and 3,850,000 for 2024. Our levy makes up approximately 16% of our overall budget. 

DISTRICT PERCENTAGE OF LEVY FUNDS

 

For more information regarding actual cost based on property assessment values please go to the LEVY FACT SHEET.

For Spanish click HERE

School districts are receiving federal COVID Relief dollars through the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Act (ESSER) to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic.  These funds are not on-going, they are one-time funds to cover expenses associated with the pandemic.  There are restrictions on how ESSER Funds can be spent. 

If property values go up, the tax rate is adjusted downward.  The school district cannot collect more than the amount that has been approved by voters.  Increases in property values do not generate more revenue for the school district.

Low-income seniors and people with disabilities may qualify for an exemption.  To apply for this exemption, call the Chelan County Tax Exemptions Office at 509- 667-6365 or visit the following link: https://www.co.chelan.wa.us/assessor/contacts

The following chart represents how Levy dollars are spent.

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