• Thank you voters

    The Educational Programs and Operations Levy and the Technology Levy both passed. The voter approval rate was historically much lower than in previous elections. As a district, we will continue to work hard to maintain your confidence in how we manage our financial resources, and to show you how funds are utilized.


    Nov. 9, 2017
    Lake Stevens School District to place two replacement levies on February ballot

    Contact: 425-335-1500 | tellus@lkstevens.wednet.edu

    On Nov. 8, the Lake Stevens School District Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution to place two replacement levies on the Feb. 13, 2018 ballot. Lake Stevens School District will have a replacement Educational Programs & Operations Levy and a replacement Capital Technology Levy. The current levies, which voters approved in 2014, expire in 2018. The replacement levies will provide funding for schools through 2022. These are not new taxes.

    Replacement Educational Programs & Operations Levy
    The replacement Educational Programs & Operations Levy helps fund the following:

    • School safety and security
    • Student transportation
    • Early learning programs
    • Special education programs
    • Professional learning
    • Substitute personnel
    • Supplies and materials
    • Extracurricular activities and athletics
    • Community education programs
    • Pool operations

    If approved by voters, the Educational Programs & Operations Levy amount of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value will generate approximately:

    • $9.55 million in 2019 (estimated $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value)
    • $10.98 million in 2020 (estimated $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value)
    • $12.63 million in 2021 (estimated $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value)
    • $14.52 million in 2022 (estimated $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value)

    For a property owner with an assessed value of $350,000, this equals approximately $525 annually, or $43.75 a month. As more people move into the Lake Stevens School District boundary, more property owners contribute to the total levy amount. It's important to note that as our community grows, we will continue to collect the $1.50 per $1,000. This amount however will generate more funds each year due to an increase in the number of tax payers which also increases assessed valuation. This money will be needed to help support our growing number of students and continue with current programs.

    “Our Board of Directors was very intentional in selecting a levy amount that was less than what our community is currently paying,” said Dr. Amy Beth Cook, Superintendent of Lake Stevens School District. “Our levy rates have been consistently stable or have decreased over time. We work very hard to be fiscally prudent and we appreciate our community’s longstanding history of supporting its schools.”

    Changes to state school levy funding
    In July 2017 the Washington State Legislature made a decision to increase the amount of funding the state provides to schools and to reduce the amount of local taxes school districts can request and collect. This property tax shift changes how school districts receive funding, but does not change why local levies are needed.

    “We are asking our community to replace our local levy so we can continue to provide quality programs led by staff members who support the learning needs of all of our students,” said Cook. “The state’s new funding model is a step in the right direction, but it’s still a work in progress. The property tax shift came with restrictions that reduce local control of funds. The programs and services we currently offer are not being fully funded by the state.”

    Lake Stevens residents will see an increase in their overall property taxes in 2018. This is due to state-mandated property tax increases to fund basic education and the previously approved 2016 school construction bond that funded the building of Stevens Creek Elementary School and the Early Learning Center, the modernization and expansion of Lake Stevens High School, and enhanced safety and security in all schools. If the proposed replacement levies are approved, Lake Stevens residents will see a decrease in their property taxes in 2019 as the local school levy rates stabilize at $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value. This decreased local levy rate was established to offset the state’s property tax increase for schools for local residents.

    Replacement Capital Technology Levy
    The replacement Technology Levy will provide funding for:

    • Classroom technology to maintain 1:1 devices for students in grades 2-12
    • Replacement of classroom technology
    • Professional learning
    • Technical support
    • Infrastructure upgrades, including network, bandwidth and phones
    • Innovative technology

    The replacement Technology Levy is a capital levy and falls under different guidelines than the Educational Programs & Operations Levy. If approved by voters, the Technology Levy will average $0.29 per $1,000 of assessed property value. This will generate $8 million over four years.

    • $2 million in 2019 (estimated $0.33 per $1,000 of assessed property value)
    • $2 million in 2020 (estimated $0.30 per $1,000 of assessed property value)
    • $2 million in 2021 (estimated $0.27 per $1,000 of assessed property value)
    • $2 million in 2022 (estimated $0.25 per $1,000 of assessed property value)

    For a property owner with an assessed value of $350,000, this equals approximately $102 annually, or $8.46 a month. As more people move into the Lake Stevens School District boundary, more property owners contribute to the total levy amount. This means that each property owner will likely pay less.

    Resources and more information
    Registered voters will receive their ballots in the mail around Friday, Jan. 26. Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day—Tuesday, Feb. 13 at midnight. They may also be dropped off at the 24-hour secure ballot drop box on 1800 Main Street near the boat launch.

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    Senior citizen and disabled persons exemptions
    Senior citizens and disabled persons may qualify for a tax exemption. More information about tax relief programs is available on the Snohomish County Assessor’s website, https://snohomishcountywa.gov or by calling 425-388-3433.

  • Community Levy Presentations

    To request a levy presentation, please email us or call 425-335-1501.

    Thursday, Dec. 7
    Skyline PTA
    Skyline Elementary
    1033 91st Ave SE
    3:15 p.m.

    Tuesday, Dec. 12
    Hillcrest PTA
    Hillcrest Elementary
    9315 4th St SE
    4 p.m.

    Tuesday, Jan. 9
    Mt. Pilchuck PTA
    Mt. Pilchuck Elementary
    12806 20th St NE
    4 p.m.

    Wednesday, Jan. 10
    Lake Stevens Chamber of Commerce
    Lake Stevens School District Educational Service Center
    12309 22nd St NE
    11:30 a.m.

    Tuesday, Jan. 16
    Lake Stevens Lions Club
    Lake Stevens Fire Conference Center
    1825 S Lake Stevens Rd
    6:30 p.m.

    Thursday, Jan. 18
    Sunnycrest PTA
    Sunnycrest Elementary
    3411 99th Ave NE
    4 p.m.

    Friday, Jan. 19
    Lake Stevens Rotary
    Lake Stevens School District Educational Service Center
    12309 22nd St NE
    7:30 a.m.

    Wednesday, Jan. 24
    Lake Stevens Kiwanis
    Lake Stevens Boys & Girls Club
    1609 E Lakeshore Dr
    6:30 p.m.

    Thursday, Jan. 25
    Highland PTA
    Highland Elementary
    3220 113th Ave NE
    7 p.m.