Educational Maintenance & Operations Levy

  • What does the Educational Maintenance and Operations Levy pay for?

    The Educational Maintenance and Operations Levy is used to cover the cost of programs and activities that are not funded by the state. Money from the Educational Maintenance and Operations Levy is used to pay for extra teachers to reduce class size, money to provide competitive salaries to teachers and other staff members, sports and instrumental programs, student transportation, teacher training, student activities, teaching assistants, and services for special-needs students.

    How much money does the school district receive from the Educational Maintenance and Operations Levy?

    The ballot measure thatv was approved by voters in 2010 gave the school district the authority to collect no more than $39.5 million in 2014. That levy will expire on December 31, 2014. A replacement levy placed before voters in February 2014 gave the Mukilteo School District the authority to collect no more than $40.2 million in 2015, $42.2 million in 2016, $43.2 million in 2017, and $44.2 million in 2018.

    Is there a limit to how much money a school district can get from a levy?

    Yes, the amount is limited by state law. A few years ago, the state capped the amount of money school districts could collect through local levies at no more than 24 percent of the previous year’s total revenue. As a result, the amount of money school districts could actually collect was often less than what voters had authorized. As the state continued to cut its funding for public education, state lawmakers felt school districts should have the authority to collect more money from local taxes. So, in 2010, the state legislature passed a bill that increased the levy lid to 28 percent and changed the way the lid was calculated so that cuts in state funding would not reduce the amount of money a school district could collect through its levy. 

    When will the Educational Maintenance and Operations Levy expire?

    The current Educational Maintenance and Operations Levy authorizes the school district to collect levy funds until December 31, 2014. A four-year replacement levy approved by voters in February 2014 will expire on December 31, 2018.

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