What's New?


State School Taxes

Going Up

  • Increase by an average of $0.81 per $1,000 of assessed property value

  • Helps pay teacher salaries and other basic education needs


Local School Levy Taxes

Going Down

  • Drops to $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value

  • Local school districts will collect fewer levy dollars

  • Replaces Maintenance & Operations Levy and is now called an “Educational Programs” Levy

  • KSD, PSD and RSD will run 4-year levies on February 13, 2018

  • State limits on how the money can be used. For example, funds cannot be used for operating expenses, such as transportation or grounds and building maintenance 

What's Next

Kennewick, Pasco and Richland school districts will be running Educational Programs levies February 13, 2018

Kennewick and Richland school districts also plan to run technology levies on February 13 to help cover programs that the state no longer funds



Is the Educational Programs Levy a new tax?


No. The newly titled Educational Programs Levy REPLACES the current Maintenance & Operations Levy that helps fund school district operations and programs that are not covered by the state.


Will my local property taxes go down?


Unless the value of your property dramatically increases, you should see a sharp drop to your local property taxes.


Why is the levy for four years?


Now that the state has put a maximum limit of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value on local levies, the levy rate is predictable. School districts also must now have 4-year budget plans to promote sustainable staffing program and budget decisions.


Will local school districts need to cut programs and services that can no longer be funded by local levy taxes?


The state has put limitations on what school districts can now use local levy taxes for and many districts will be faced with the challenge of how to maintain programs and services that it currently provides to students. School district administrators are hopeful that when the new legislative session convenes in January 2018, lawmakers will make adjustments that make the use of levy dollars more flexible.