School districts rely on local, voter-approved levy funding to cover costs that are not funded by the state. These local dollars stay in our community to support Lynden students. Lynden School District asks voters to renew an Educational Programs and Operations levy every four years. The EP&O makes up about 14% of the district’s operating budget.
At its Oct. 12 meeting, the Lynden School Board approved placing a renewal of our Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) Levy on the Feb. 13, 2024 ballot, alongside the 2024 Capital Projects Bond.
The current EP&O Levy and a 4-yr Technology/Facilities Capital Levy are set to expire on Dec. 31, 2024. There is a gap between what the state funds and what it costs to ensure we are meeting the needs of every learner and the high standards the community has for our schools. Districts around the state must ask their communities to consider local funding measures to bridge the gap to provide the best and safest schools possible. Renewal of the EP&O Levy continues funding for Safe & Secure Learning Environments, Academic & Instructional Support, and Positive Student Experiences. Our EP&O Levy is not a new tax but renews a funding stream that provides 14% of our total operating budget.
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With two levies expiring, the EP&O tax rate is estimated to continue at $1.84 per $1,000 of assessed property value.
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The total tax rate of both funding initiatives and the current LMS/Fisher bond is estimated to be $3.96 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The community approves a total amount of money collected, not the rate, so the tax rate could go down as more properties are built in our community.
In 2020, the Lynden community approved a Facilities and Technology Levy which allowed the district to provide laptops for students and address maintenance issues and upgrade classroom technology.