Board Adopts Levy Resolutions for April Ballot

Tahoma School Board Adopts Resolutions for Replacement Levies in April 2024 Election
Posted on 02/20/2024

The Tahoma School Board on Tuesday, Feb. 20 unanimously voted to adopt a resolution for the replacement of the district’s expiring Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) Levy, and a resolution for the replacement of the district's expiring Technology Capital Projects (Tech) Levy. As of Tuesday evening, the Replacement EP&O Levy is failing in the February Special Election, and the Tech Levy is passing. The February Special Election will be certified on Friday, Feb. 23. 

If either or both levies pass by the certification of the February Special Election, that proposition(s) will be withheld from the April ballot. If only one of the levies passes, the other will still appear on the April ballot. If both levies fail during the February Special Election, both replacement levies will appear on the April ballot. 

If passed by voters, the levies will provide funding during the 2025 and 2026 calendar years. The district’s current EP&O and Tech Levies expire at the end of 2024. 

Pro/Con Statement Committee

 If you are interested in participating in the “pro” or “con” statement committees to be included in the April Special Election Voters’ Pamphlet, fill out this Google Form to express interest by Thursday, Feb. 22 at 12 PM.

How can I learn more about the Tahoma School District’s budget?

 There is information about the district’s revenue, expenditures, levy collection, and financial audits on the Tahoma School District Budget 101 website.

 The district is required to report financial data to the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Annual budget information for Tahoma School District is available here.

How can I learn more about the Replacement Levy Propositions?

 Questions about the EP&O Levy and Tech Levy can be directed to Public Relations Director AJ Garcia at [email protected]

The district is currently preparing a webpage with facts and information about the replacement levies, which will be published in early March. There will also be information added to the district’s Facebook and Instagram channels, and a facts and information mailer will be sent to all district households in early April. There will be additional information in the April Special Election Voters’ Pamphlet, which will also be mailed in early April.


More about the Replacement Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) Levy
The EP&O levy supplements or fully funds curricular and extracurricular programs, activities, staffing, services and supplies. If approved by voters, the maximum collection for this levy would be $58,012,034 over two years (2025: $28,265,963 / 2026: $29,746,071). The annual estimated levy rate for property owners would be $2.50 per $1,000 of assessed valuation (AV), as determined by the King County Assessor’s office.
A loss of EP&O Levy funds would result in significant reductions to staff, curricular and extracurricular programs and services for students. If the EP&O Levy does not pass in April, the school board will need to adopt a 2024-25 budget that assumes a loss of at least $15M in revenue for next school year. This means that significant cuts would be made prior to the start of the school year.

More about the Technology Capital Projects (Tech) Levy
The Technology levy supplements or fully funds educational and operational technology, equipment, software, staffing, training and technical support. If approved by voters, the collection for this levy would be $9,376,733 over two years (2025: $4,476,432 / 2026: $4,900,301). The annual estimated levy rate for property owners would be approximately $0.405 per $1,000 of AV (2025: $0.40 / 2026: $0.41), as determined by the King County Assessor’s office.
A loss of Tech Levy funds would result in significant reductions to staff, updated learning devices, and other technology resources.

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