Education funding changes are on the horizon. So are levy ballots.
An overhaul of the state education funding system means Tri-City taxpayers soon should be shelling out less for their local schools.
They’ll see a bump in state property taxes this year to help Washington meet its obligation to fully fund basic education. But starting in 2019, local school levy bills should drop.
That’s because the Legislature capped the levy rate for school districts at $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value starting next year — and Tri-City property owners pay more than twice that rate now.
School districts across the Mid-Columbia are proposing levies — at that lower rate — in the election next month. They’ll replace existing levies that expire this year.