FAQ - English

  • Why does Grandview School District need a levy?

    The levy allows the District to continue quality educational programs and services which are not fully funded by the State. Levy money and Levy Equalization Assistance funds make up about 14% of the District's operating budget.

    What are levy equalization funds?

    If Grandview’s four-year replacement levy passes, the school district would qualify for state matching dollars called Levy Equalization Assistance funds. Currently Grandview receives approximately $3.14 in Levy Equalization Assistance funds from the state for each $1 that is raised locally. The levy must be approved before the school district receives state matching funds.

    The state provides this money to school districts which have relatively low property values so students in less affluent or smaller districts receive a comparable education to students in wealthier districts

    Will my property taxes go up?

    In 2019, local property taxes are expected to drop from the estimated $1.91 per $1,000 of assessed property value to $1.50 per $1,000.

    State property taxes will increase by an estimated $0.81 per $1,000 of assessed property value in Yakima County as a result of HB 2242, which was passed by the State Legislature in 2017.

    Property taxes vary depending on whether your property was assessed recently at higher value. The amount depends on the increased assessed value. It is also possible for property taxes to go down if the property hasn’t been recently assessed or if new higher valued property is added to the county’s tax base.

    What percentage of voters must approve it to pass? 

    School levies require a simple majority or 50% plus one vote.

    When is the election?

    February 13, 2018

    When will ballots be mailed?

    No later than January 26, 2018