How does a school levy work?
When a school district places a levy measure before voters, it is asking for the authority to collect a specific amount of money from local property taxes for a set period of time, usually four years in the case of Educational Maintenance and Operations levies or six years in the case of capital levies. Levies are approved if the ballot measure receives support from a majority of voters.
What happens when a levy expires?
When a levy expires, the school district can no longer collect the money through taxes, which means the programs and activities funded by that levy will no longer have that money. Levies work something like a magazine subscription, which is why school districts go back to voters every so often to ask that levies be renewed. As a levy is about to expire, the school district will typically go back to voters and ask to have the expiring levy replaced by a new levy.
If property values go up, does that mean the school district will collect more money than it expected?
No. A levy is for a specific dollar amount. The school district cannot collect more money than what was approved by voters. Our web page about Tax Rates explains what happens to property taxes as property values change.