WE ARE LAKEWOOD: 2024 Education Levies

WE ARE LAKEWOOD
  • Election Night Results

    Thank you, voters! As of April 23, 2024, at 8:01 p.m., unofficial results show the Replacement EP&O levy passing at 53.09% and the Capital Improvements and Safety levy passing at 52.03%. 

  • These levies are not only an investment in our schools, they are an investment in Lakewood's future."Vote by April 23

    The two measures on the April 23 ballot would fund student educational programs, athletics and activities, technology, safety and security, and capital facilities improvements in Lakewood School District. Both levies are four-year levies, with collections in 2025-2028.

    “These levies are not only an investment in our schools, they are an investment in Lakewood’s future,” said Dr. Erin Murphy, Superintendent. “They provide students with the resources and programs they need to thrive and become future community leaders.”

    Join us for an information session

    • March 21 at 5:30 p.m. (Paddle Pub Meet and Greet)
    • March 25 at 5 p.m. (Virtual on Facebook Live)
    • April 8 at 6 p.m. (Cougar Creek Elementary)
    • April 11 at 5:30 p.m. (Lakewood Middle School)
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  • Replacement Levy for Educational Programs and Operations 

    14% of the district's budget

    No anticipated tax-rate increase

    • The EP&O levy replaces the current EP&O levy that is expiring.
    • No anticipated tax-rate increase for the combined tax collection due to the district’s 2024 refinancing of bonds.
      • Property tax is voted on and based upon the assessed values of all properties within the district.
      • School districts only levy a specific dollar amount. When asking voters for approval, they are required by law to provide an estimate of the tax rate. This helps individuals understand the potential tax burden they might have as the district cannot estimate every individual's assessed value in the district during the collection years.
      • The current EP&O collection amount in 2024 is about $6.8 million. If approved, the collection amount in 2025 would be $7.5 million.
      • With the refinancing of the 2014 bonds, the district will save taxpayers more than $500,000 annually in collection. The refinance savings will offset the majority of the 2025 EP&O levy increase from 2024 to 2025. It allows the district to estimate no change in the combined tax rate.
    • The EP&O levy represents about 14% of the district’s operating budget.

    This levy ensures that our students have continued access to staff who will support their academic, physical and mental health needs. Examples of these costs include:

    1. Teaching + Support
    2. Special Education
    3. Athletics + Activities
    4. Technology + Operations
    5. Professional Development

    Learn More: Replacement Educational Programs & Operations Levy

    Educational Programs & Operations Levy  


    Capital Improvements and Safety Levy

    Capital Improvements and Safety levy

    The Capital Improvements and Safety Levy is a new levy. It focuses on the maintenance and preservation of district facilities and safety/security improvements across the district and seeks to address the short-term needs identified by the Citizens’ Facilities Advisory Committee.

    MAINTENANCE & PRESERVATION

    • Replace failing roof and aging boiler
    • Improvements to HVAC/heating systems
    • Replace aging electrical panels and flooring
    • Upgrade lighting for cost efficiency and legal compliance

    SAFETY & SECURITY

    • Install access control system with lockdown functionality on exterior doors
    • Improve site safety/security with fencing
    • Update fire alarm systems
    • Communication infrastructure improvements
    • Improve student drop-off/pickup traffic flow
    • Repair walkways and improve ADA handicap access

    Learn More: Capital Improvements and Safety Levy

    Capital Improvements and Safety Levy

     


    Remember to vote by April 23, 2024. Need to register or update your voter information? Visit votewa.gov. Ballots must be postmarked by April 23 (no stamp needed) or received in a ballot dropbox by 8 p.m. on April 23. 

    April 4 Local ballots mailed
    April 15 Last day for voters to register or update voter information online
    April 23
    Election Day
    Last day for voters to register or update voter information in person

    Last day for voters to return voted ballot
    May 3 County canvassing board certifies the county election results

     

  • Register to Vote

    Remember to vote by April 23, 2024.

    Need to register or update your voter information? Visit votewa.gov. Ballots must be postmarked by April 23 (no stamp needed) or received in a ballot dropbox by 8 p.m. on April 23. Residents can register to vote online up to one week before Election Day or in person up to and on Election Day. For more information, visit the Snohomish County website.

    Property Tax Exemptions and Income Threshold Changes

    Some senior (age 61+) and disabled homeowners may be eligible for reduced property tax rates or exemptions. Income thresholds for these programs changed in 2024 and vary from $54,000 to $75,000. To learn more, call the Snohomish County Assessor's Office at (425) 388-3433 or visit their website.

  • Levy Presentation Request

    Is your group interested in learning more about Lakewood School District's April 23, 2024 levies? Let us know!


  • Local Funding for Local Priorities

    The money Lakewood collects from local, voter-approved education levies stays in our district. We use these funds to provide the quality of education that our students and families expect, and to ensure our students have safe, welcoming schools that support student success.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why are local EP&O levies needed? Doesn’t the state fully fund schools?

  • Does the EP&O levy pay for staff positions above what the state funds?

  • What is a replacement levy?

  • If property values go up, do local schools get more funding?

  • Does the School District receive sales tax revenue from stores?

  • How were projects for the Capital Improvements and Safety Levy determined?

  • How will Lakewood's rapid growth be addressed?

  • Did Lakewood receive federal funds to cover pandemic expenses?