• Kiona-Benton EP&O Levy. Vote February 14. School house in sunshine

    Local EP&O Levy - February 14, 2023

    Kiona-Benton City School District is proposing an Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) Levy to place on the February 14, 2023 Special Election. The EP&O Levy will go before our school board at their December meeting before the measure can be placed on the election ballot.  The 2023 levy would replace our current two-year levy, which local voters approved in April 2021 and is up for renewal at the end of 2023. The proposed levy tax rate is the same amount residents are currently paying ($1.50).

    Levies are locally approved measures used to support local students and pay for programs not fully funded by the state. If approved on February 14th, the Ki-Be replacement levy will help pay for:

    • Athletics
    • Advanced courses
    • Counselors
    • Extracurricular activities
    • Music and the arts
    • Nurses
    • Safety staff
    • Special education
    • Smaller class sizes
    • Technology support

What Will the Levy Fund?

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    levy pie chart funding

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    2023 Levy Quick Facts

    • Kiona-Benton City School District has a two-year EP&O levy on the February 14th election
    • A levy is a locally-approved tax based on property values
    • Total Levy Collection Amount:
      • 2024 = $1,747,483
      • 2025 = $1,870,680
    • Proposed Levy Tax Rate = $1.50 per $1,000 assessed property value (collected in 2024 and 2025)
    • Projected tax rates are based on the total assessed property value of the entire district.
    • School tax rates for Benton City have been on a steady decline since 2017.
    • The levy pays for educational programs not fully funded by the state, including athletics, music, technology support, special education, smaller class sizes, nurses, counselors, safety staff, advanced courses, and extracurricular activities.
    • Local dollars stay local. Levies are the only locally approved ballot measures that directly pay for the extracurricular, classroom, and educational needs that state dollars do not fund.
    • Residents 61 years of age or older, or individuals who have a disability may qualify for a tax exemption. Make sure to contact the Benton County Assessor’s Office for more info at 509-735-2394 or visit dor.wa.gov/sites/default/files/2022-02/PTExemption_Senior.pdf.
    • Are you registered to vote? You can register in-person or online at VoteWA (sos.wa.gov)
      • The last day to register online is February 6 or February 14 in-person
    • Ballots are mailed about three weeks prior to election day
      • Look for your ballots in the mail after January 24th

    Tax Impact

     

    ^ The State Schools Tax listed for 2024-25 is estimated based on the current projected rate. Rates shown are per $1,000 of assessed property value.

    • The estimated tax rate for the EP&O Levy is $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

    bar chart that shows tax rate history for school district over the years

Kiona-Benton City School District Projected 2022-2023 Operating Budget Funding Sources