Bond & Levy News

 

 

ISD Renewal Levy will be on the February 11th, 2020 Ballot 

The Issaquah School District will be asking voters to approve the renewal of the EP&O levy in February which to allow the district to continue to support the programs and services funded by the previous  2 year levy, which is expiring in 2020. Like a subscription, local school levies must be renewed, or the funding will be lost.

 

The 2020 EP&O Levy Renewal Levy continues support for:

 

Career & Technical Education • Mental Health Counselors • Special Education • Safety & Security • Dual Language Program   •  Early Childhood Learning & Preschool Opportunities • Highly Capable Program • Professional Development for Teachers  •  Expanded High School Schedules (7 periods instead of 6) at Issaquah High and Skyline High

 

The Issaquah School District is asking for less than it is legally allowed to collect. This maintains its current programs, while remaining fiscally responsible and sensitive to the over all tax rate. This is NOT a new tax. The proposed 2 year levy replaces the expiring 2018 levy at a lower overall tax rate.

 

Please remember to VOTE and if you have a student who will be 18 by the next election, please have them register to vote!

 

Click here for more information 

Click here to download a fact sheet with details 

Click here to register to vote 

Thank you for your continued support!

 

 

VIS Background Information:

Volunteers for Issaquah Schools (VIS)Volunteers for Issaquah Schools (VIS) is our local committee that promotes the passage of ISD bonds & levies. Thank you for continuously voting to support our schools and maintain high quality education as a priority in our community! 

WHY HAVE LEVIES? The state’s definition and funding of “Basic Education” does not fully cover the actual needs of a modern school. As just one example, “Basic Education” does not include “technology,” so school districts receive zero dollars from the state to put computers in the classroom, or to maintain Family Access or teacher/school/district websites. A levy or bond measure is the one funding mechanism provided by law that enables a local community to invest directly in the quality of its schools to overcome these shortfalls.

WHAT IS THE “LEVY CAP” AND WHY DOES IT EXIST?  By law, school districts are limited in the percentage of their budget that they can collect from local levies to supplement basic education, in order to prevent over-reliance on local dollars for school funding. Through a quirk in history, Issaquah’s levy limit is set at 28.97% of the state and federal dollars received by the district during the prior year, while Bellevue’s cap is 34.66%, which allows them to collect approximately $9 million more per year than Issaquah.

FAST FACT: The Issaquah School District has the highest bond rating (AAA) of any public school district in Washington State on Moody’s scale and has received exemplary audit reports for eleven consecutive years.