Prop. 1 Pays for Staff, Training & Student Support Not Fully Funded by the State
Highline Public Schools’ local education levy is up for renewal on November 2. If renewed by Highline voters, these local dollars will pay for ongoing education expenses not fully funded by the state or federal government. This includes staff positions, such as teachers, instructional assistants, nurses and social workers and academic support, including advanced courses.
Prop. 1, the levy renewal measure, represents 13 percent of the district budget. Levy failure would result in reductions in staff, programs and services for students.
“The levy helps us provide equitable opportunities for all students across our district,” said Highline School Board President Angelica Alvarez.
Federal COVID relief dollars received by the district this year do not offset the need for local levy funding. COVID dollars are one-time funds that can only be spent on pandemic-related costs. The local levy covers critical needs over the next four years, such as:
- Support and training for teachers and instructional assistants
- Counselors and social workers to support students’ social-emotional needs
- Advanced course offerings to give all students equitable opportunities
- School nurses keep our students healthy and serve those with life-threatening conditions. The state funds just three nurses for our 35 schools. The levy funds 16.
The levy is not a new tax. It renews an expiring levy. The tax rate for the current levy is $2.03 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The proposed tax rate is $1.98 per $1000 of assessed value, starting in 2023. The rate decreases over the four-year life of the levy to $1.88 in 2026.
Under current state law, the proposed levy would provide the school district with revenue of $50 million a year from 2023 to 2026, for a total of $208.5 million over four years. Additional funds could be collected if the state lifts the levy cap to make up for public education cuts.
Visit highlineschools.org/levy to learn more, read the tax rate charts and see if your questions are answered in the FAQs. If you have further questions, please contact the Communications Office at 206-631-3002 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.