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Educational Programs & Operations Levy 2024

The current levy is set to expire in 2024, and a proposed levy is on the February 13, 2024 ballot. Federal funds are only a fraction of what MLSD needs for basic education for K–12. Local levy dollars make up the remaining funds to help our schools prepare students for future success. The proposed levy maintains our school programs to continue to provide educational and extracurricular services for our learning community. 
 
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Ballots mail beginning January 24-26th, 2024
Don't forget to mail your vote by February 13th, 2024
 
 
WHAT IS A LEVY?
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Levies are for Learning – A levy is a local property tax passed by voters of the Moses Lake School District that generates revenue to fund programs and services that the state does not pay for as part of basic education. Levy dollars are pooled with state funds to pay for programs and services that provide opportunities beyond basic education.
 
The levy enables the district to supply technology to students, offer a variety of electives, maintain facilities, and provide essential staff that enhance learning experiences and coach athletics and activities. The levy does NOT pay for new buildings (see What is a Bond? below).
  • Districts may choose to run a levy no more than twice per calendar year. Approval to run a levy comes from the Board of Directors. 
  • The Board voted to replace the current levy with $2.00 per $1,000 assessed value.
  • If the levy passes, the district receives matching funds from the state for two years. Levies require a simple majority to pass (50% +1)
 
 
WHAT WILL THE PROPOSED LEVY COST?
If approved, the two-year levy will be a $2.00 rate per $1000 assessed property value. What is the financial impact for 1 year with a levy?
 
$8,121,113  (2024 levy funds)
$7,107,779 (state match, local effort assistance)
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$15,228,892 total funding for MLSD
 
 
WHAT DOES A LEVY FUND?
 
The levy supports student learning for future leaders! Levy funds are allocated to:
staff
Essential Staff Nurses, counselors, librarians, substitutes, behavior specialists, resources officers, security officers, technology support, paraeducators, bus drivers, IT staff


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Athletics & Programs Musical instruments, clubs, community swimming pool use, 5th grade swimming/water safety program, library, K–8 art and music, PE equipment, on-time graduation, highly capable programs, school sports, and athletics


supplies
Equipment & Supplies Textbooks, technology, 1:1 Initiative program (Chromebooks), transportation and buses, operational expenses, safety and security programs, ongoing maintenance of facilities


 
 
WHAT DO FUNDING GAPS LOOK LIKE?
Funding provided by the state does not fully cover the actual costs of operating a school district. Levies bridge the gap in this funding and allow us to provide things like teachers, support staff, supplies and materials, or services that the state only partially funds.
 
Here is an example of the gap in funding for employees at Moses Lake School District:
staffing shortfall
 
 

LEVY FUNDED JOBS in MLSD

# Funded by State (23-24)

# Employed by MLSD (23-24)

SHORTFALL

Security & SROs

1.61

9.88

8.27

Nurses

8.33

11

2.7

Counselors

25.64

30.81

5.2

Tech Support

4.82

16

11.2

Psychologists

1.01

12.62

11.6

 
 
 
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

buildA bond provides funding for capital projects such as purchasing property for schools, constructing new schools, or modernizing existing schools. Bonds are sold to investors who are repaid with interest over time from property tax collections, generally between 10-25 years. Bonds require a super-majority to pass (60%). 

learnA levy is a short-term, local property tax passed by the voters of a school district that generates revenue for the district to fund programs and services that the state does not fund or fully fund as part of “basic education.” Levies require a simple majority to pass (50% + 1). The 2021 three-year levy with a rate of $1.50 per $1000 assessed tax is set to expire in 2024. The 2024 two-year levy is proposed at $2.00 per $1,000 assessed tax. 

No. Property taxes may fluctuate, but the district only collects the total amount approved by voters.

Property values may rise or fall, but according to state law, schools collect no more than the total dollar amount voters approve. When property values rise then rates go down. Conversely, if property values fall then rates rise to ensure property taxpayers only contribute the amount approved by voters. 

Click here to watch a short video to learn more.

 

(Your home value) ÷ 1000 = (Total)
(Total) x $2.00 = Cost per year in local levy 
 
Example – RESIDENTIAL HOME
For a home valued at $300,000, a Moses Lake homeowner would pay $600 per year in local levy or $50 per month. 
 
Example – INDUSTRY
For a local industry valued at $50 million, a Moses Lake business owner would pay $100,000 per year in local levy or $8,333 per month. 
 
 
Senior and disabled citizens who meet certain income requirements may be exempt from part or all of local school levy taxes. To learn more, call the Grant County Assessor’s Office at (509) 754-2011 ext. 2683 and ask about the Senior Citizen & People With Disabilities Tax Programs
 
Register to vote at https://voter.votewa.gov/WhereToVote.aspx. Ballots are mailed to homes around January 24-26th. Ballots are due February 13 and must be deposited at an official ballot box by 8pm or returned via mail, postmarked no later than February 13. 
 
For more information about voting in Grant County, visit: https://www.grantcountywa.gov/270/Elections
A simple majority is required to pass the levy– 50% +1
If a levy fails, districts are typically forced to make cuts to programs, services, and staff that students benefit from. The district would start preparing a budget for the next school year assuming dramatically reduced funding. Loss in revenue starting in January 2025 impacts the entire 2024-2025 school year, including employment contracts and staffing decisions.

Our revenue comes from three main sources:

STATE Our primary source of revenue is from the state. The state allocates school funds based on the number of students we have and other considerations.  

FEDERAL We also receive general fund revenue from the federal government. Most of those dollars can only be used for specific programs, such as special education or extra help for students from low-income families.

LOCAL We currently receive revenue from local property taxes in the form of a school levy. This levy plays a crucial role in providing our students with a comprehensive and high-quality education. It helps cover expenses that the state doesn't fully fund, including activities, athletics, arts, music, libraries, safety, and security.

 

Here are the revenue sources for the 2023–2024 school year:

current revenue sources

 

Below are approximate visual graphics of the
estimated revenue sources for the
2024-2025 school year:

estimate with levy

 

estimate no levy

updated 1.19.24
 
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