April 27, 2021 EP&O Levy Approved!
On Tuesday, April 27, 2021, the voters of Kiona-Benton City approved Ki-Be School District's Educational Programs & Operations two-year replacement levy. We wish to express our sincere thanks to the community for supporting the EP&O Levy. The levy was approved at 51.56%. This local funding directly benefits our students and will help pay for programs and services such as athletics, music, technology support, special education class size, nurses, counselors, safety staff, advanced courses, and extracurricular activities.
While we are grateful that the levy has passed, we acknowledge that many people in the community were not in favor of it. We understand that that we must earn your trust through fiscal responsibility and clearly showing the value of your tax dollars to the students of the Kiona-Benton School District. We are launching a new Ki-Be Schools Community Council to create a forum for the community to share their thoughts and connect directly with me and district administrators. The first Council meeting is scheduled for May 13th. Please watch for this and other opportunities to share your input with us.
On April 27, 2021, local voters in the Kiona-Benton City School District will get a chance to continue supporting school programs through a two-year Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) levy. The 2021 Kiona-Benton EP&O Levy replaces a levy that expired in 2020. If approved, the 2021 levy funds will be used to support school programs not fully funded by the state.
Levies are locally approved ballot measures used to support local students and pay for programs not funded by the state. If approved on April 27th, the Ki-Be replacement levy will help pay for:
- Advanced courses
- Extracurricular activities
- Music and the arts
- Safety staff
- Special education class size
- Technology support
Keep reading to find more information about this important levy, including links to helpful resources, financial and tax rate information, and more. Be sure you are registered to vote!
What Does Ki-Be's Proposed Levy Fund?
2021 Levy Quick Facts
- Kiona-Benton City School District has a two-year EP&O levy on the April 27th
- A levy is a locally-approved tax based on property values.
- Total proposed levy collection amount:
- 2022 = $1.445 million
- 2023 = $1.561 million
- Projected tax rates are based on total assessed property value in the entire district.
- Proposed Levy Rate = $1.50 per $1,000 assessed property value (collected in 2022 and 2023)
- Combined total tax rate (per $1,000 of assessed property value):
- 2022 = $5.42
- 2023 = $4.19
- The combined tax rate is estimated to decrease by $1.23 at the end of 2023.
- The levy pays for educational programs not fully funded by the state, including athletics, music, technology support, special education class size, 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.
- Voting Information:
- Tax exemptions are available for senior citizens and individuals who are disabled. For more info, contact the Benton County Assessor’s Office at 509-735-2394.
- Register to vote in-person or online at VoteWA (sos.wa.gov)
- The last day to register online is April 19 or April 27 in person at https://www.sos.wa.gov/elections/dates-and-deadlines.aspx
- In Washington, a school LEVYmeasure must be approved by 50 percent of the vote, and a school bond measure must be approved by 60
- All voting in Washington is done by mail.
- Ballots are mailed about three weeks prior to an election day.
- Look for your ballots in the mail after April 9th