EP&O Levy, 2020
Local Levies Make the Difference for Warden Students
Appearing on this coming November, 3rd 2020 election ballot will be the WSD Educational Programs and Operations Levy. Funding from sources like the EP&O Levy are increasingly more important now that education is shifting in response to challenges presented by the COVID-19 Pandemic. Funding from sources like the EP&O Levy help ensure that the Warden School District can adapt to a changing world and best prepare WSD students to meet life's challenges, both old and new.
Replacement Levy Facts & Information
The Warden School District is asking voters to consider a Replacement Educational Programs & Operations Levy November 3, 2020. The proposed two-year levy is not a new tax, but simply the continuation of an existing voter-approved levy that expires in 2020.
What is a Levy?
A levy is a locally approved funding measure that bridges the gap between what the state funds and what it costs to run a school district. An easy way to remember what levies are used for is to remember "levies are for learning" and "bonds are for building".
What is an EP&O Levy used for?
The proposed two-year Replacement Educational Programs & Operations Levy covers essential programs and services that the Warden community has come to expect like:
- Athletics (i.e., Football, Wrestling, Baseball, etc., 100% funded by EP&O)
- Non-Funded and under-funded Staff, Teachers, Counselors, Custodians, Administrators, Librarians, and even the School Nurse
- Food Services and Transportation
- Curriculum Updates
- Maintenance Services
- Utilities and Insurance
- Early Learning Programs
- Community Education
How will the Proposed Levy Affect Tax Rates?
The proposed two-year Replacement Educational Programs & Operations Levy keeps tax rates near $2.00 per $1,000, down from $2.90 per $1000 in 2018. Proposed rates and total collection amounts are as follows:
Rate per $1,000
*EP&O projections assume 8% AV Growth, $2.00 tax rate
While state law legally allows school districts to collect a higher rate per $1,000 of an assessed property value ($2.50), this may place undue hardship on the community. Warden School District asks voters to consider a replacement levy at a rate of only $2.00 per $1,000, balancing between minimizing the burden on local taxpayers and ensuring continued eligibility for Local Effort Assistance (LEA) funding. If the levy passes, Warden School District will be eligible to receive additional state levy equalization funds, between $5 to $5.3 million, but only if the levy passes.
When is Election Day?
Election day is November 3, 2020. Ballots will arrive by mail on or about October 15 and must be dropped off in person or postmarked by November 3, 2020.
Are Tax Exemptions Available?
Yes! Low-income senior citizens and disabled adults may qualify for tax exemptions. Contact your local county assessor’s office for more information and to see if you qualify.
Need more information?
For more information contact: (509) 349-2366.
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This purpose of this levy was to make safety, security and technology improvements (acquiring and installing security cameras, entry/access controls, door locks, other safety and security systems, student and teacher technology devices and other technology equipment and infrastructure).
The Levy was passed during the April 23, 2019 Special Election.
The Levy commenced in 2019 for collection in the years 2020 through 2022 in the aggregate total amount of $659,508.
|Levy Collection Schedule|
|2020 - $217,652||April 2020 - $130,591||October 2020 - $87,060|
|2021 - $219,829||April 2021 - $131,897||October 2021 - $87,931|
|2022 - $222,027||April 2022 - $133,216||October 2022 - $88,810|
Currently 51% of Technology related items have been purchased:
- Teacher Surface Laptops
- Teacher Wireless Display Receivers
- Kindergarten iPads
- 1st Grade Student Laptops
- 2nd – 12th Grade Student Laptops
- Preschools and Special Education iPads
- Student Laptop Cabinets
Projects coming to completion:
Middle School and Administration Security Door Installation (Items remaining: Safety Glass Installation)
- Video Surveillance Cameras Including Door Entrance Cameras
- Door Access Control and Hardware Upgrades
- Cafeteria Rear Entry Security Door Installation
- Security Window Film
- Campus Fencing