What is a levy?
Levies are locally approved taxes that pay for staff and the programs and day-to-day operation of schools that the state of Washington does not fund with basic education dollars. A Maintenance and Operations Levy replaces a current tax levy. It is a continuation tax, not a new tax.
The Othello School District will ask voters to approve a Replacement Levy on February 14, 2017. The levy is not a new tax, but simply replaces the one that expires in 2017. Levy dollars are essential to maintaining current student learning programs and services that are not fully funded by the state like:
- Student Health & Safety
- Athletics & Student Activities
- Curriculum & Assessment
- 1:1 Initiative