2018: The Transition Year
In 2018, the state will implement a “levy swap” that will cause a temporary one-year tax rate increase. The bump will occur in 2018, because it is a transition year. Existing voter-approved Maintenance and Operations (M&O) levies will remain in effect in local school districts, while the state phases in increased state levy collections.
In 2019, tax rates will likely be lower than in 2017, because school district M&O levies—now known as “enrichment levies”—will be limited to $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value.
The 91-cent state levy increase in 2018 does not result in a direct 91-cent increase for Clark County school districts because the money is redistributed through the state. In fact, when the local levies are capped starting in 2019, many districts will have smaller operating budgets.
2019 School Funding Challenges
The school funding landscape in Washington state has changed dramatically resulting in significant financial challenges for many school districts.