1. The state education funding plan is a step in the right direction, but the state is not yet fully covering all basic education costs. Our local schools still need a local levy.
2. The Highline levy will pay for needs the state is not yet fully funding, like special education, school nurses, school security, athletics, teacher training days and other critical needs.
3. Our local schools depend on levies to fund the quality education our community expects for our children.
4. The new state plan reduces the amount of funding public schools can request from local taxpayers when they renew our educational programs levy. Even with passage of a renewal levy, Highline will actually see a net reduction in funding after 2018 unless lawmakers make changes to the current funding plan.
5. The levy is not a new tax. It renews a levy that is expiring in 2018.
6. The estimated levy rate is $1.50 per $1000 in assessed home valuation.
7. The levy is for a fixed dollar amount. The Highline Public Schools can not collect more money if property values increase. The levy would raise a maximum of $198 million over four years.
8. Voters are asked to approve a levy every three to four years. When a levy expires, it must be renewed by voters.
9 A levy measure must be approved by 50% of the voters.
10. Ballots must be returned to the Elections Office by February 13.