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TWO LEVIES - Overview

10 months ago

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By Eric Rux

Educational Programs and Operations Levy

10 months ago

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Levy for Security, Facilities, and Technology

10 months ago

Election Information

10 months ago

The Riverside School District Replacement Education Programs & Operations Levy and the Levy for Security, Facilities, & Technology ballot measures will appear on the February 13, 2018 ballot. Spokane County conducts all elections through mail-in ballots.

Voters will receive their ballots in the mail around January 26, 2018. Completed ballots must be postmarked by February 13, 2018 to be counted. Ballot drop-off boxes are located at all Spokane County and City of Spokane public libraries.


Voter Registration

10 months ago

Voter registration deadlines for the February 13, 2018 Levy Election are:
 
  • Mail-In or Online Registration: January 15, 2018
  • In Person Registration: February 5, 2018
 


Tax Exemption Info for Seniors

10 months ago

In Spokane County senior citizens (age 61+) and disabled citizens with a total annual household income of less than $40,000 may be eligible for a residential property tax exemption. Click here to learn more.

School and Home Values

10 months ago

The link between high qualify public schools and real estate values is not just perception. There is academic research to back up the connection. Several studies have found there is a strong correlation between home values and the quality of schools in the area. This is even after accounting for differences in neighborhood amenities and housing characteristics. One study found that the difference in valuation between homes in areas with top schools and those with lower rate schools was 18-25%. School quality is one of the most important factors influencing decisions about where to live. This is true even for childless couples or couples with grown children. Homes in an area served by good schools hold their value and sell more quickly than in other areas.

New State Funding Formula (old)

10 months ago

The Riverside School district will ask voters to consider two ballot measures in February 2018 - the renewal of our local Educational Programs and Operations Levy and a Levy for Security, Facilities, and Technology Improvements. With the new way Washington State funds education, if both levies are approved, Riverside community members will actually pay less in school taxes than they are currently paying. Let me explain how that is possible.

In June of 2017 the Washington State Legislature, responding to a directive from the State Supreme Court, restructured how public education is funded. For years the state provided Riverside School District with approximately 70% of its budget and the Riverside community, by approving school levies, has covered 21% . Beginning in 2018 (transition year) and continuing into 2019 (the first collection year of our proposed levies) the percentages change. In 2019 the state will provide 80%, and our local Educational Programs and Operations Levy will cover 14%. Federal funds provide the remaining 6%.

To help generate the revenue needed to expand funds provided by the state, the legislature approved an increase in the state school property tax. Riverside property owners currently pay a state school tax of $2.00 per $1000 of assessed value. That is projected to increase to $2.82. To offset the increase, beginning in 2019, the legislature reduced the amount all school districts can ask local voters to approve via levies to $1.50. The levy Riverside voters approved in 2015 for collection in 2016, 2017, and 2018 has a rate of $3.14. The proposed renewal rate of the Educational Programs & Operations Levy for 2019, 2020, and 2021 is $1.50...a reduction of $1.64.

The following table shows the current and proposed (2019) school tax rates (local and state levies). If approved on February 13, 2018 the new levy rate of $1.50 and the second levy rate of $.80 will start in the 2019 calendar year.

I want to thank our Riverside community for its support of our schools. We have so many strengths, and I feel good about the positive momentum we are gaining as a district. Let us continue to work together to develop an even brighter future for our students, families, and community.

Ken


PDC Election Regulations

10 months ago

Public Disclosure Commission
Election Regulations for School Employees
 
Employees Can:
  • Respond to questions about the TWO LEVIES during work time by providing the facts.
  • Hold Information meetings and present the facts about the TWO LEVIES.
  • Encourage people to register to vote and encourage them to vote on Election Day.
  • Campaign for or against the TWO LEVIES on their own time.
  • Wear campaign buttons at school and on their own time.
  • Display campaign materials at their homes or on their cars, speak before groups, raise money . . . all on their own time.
  • Make personal campaign contributions.
 
Employees Cannot:
  • Use district supplies, equipment or facilities to print, mail, email, distribute or otherwise produce materials for a TWO LEVIES VOTE YES campaign.
  • Use students to hand carry TWO LEVIES VOTE YES campaign materials home to parents.
  • Display campaign materials in or on district vehicles, in district publications or at district facilities.
 
Questions that are Often Asked:
  • How can district employees respond to questions from patrons about the levy and/or bond on work time?
    District staff can provide facts about the TWO LEVIES and answer basic questions in an objective manner. If a patron needs further information please refer him or her to the Business Services Department (464.8211) or have them visit the district's website - www.riversidesd.org.
  • What if a patron asks you, "How should I vote?" during work time? 
    Respond: "I cannot tell you how to vote, but information about the TWO LEVIES can be obtained by contacting the district office or by visiting the district's website.
  • Can district staff members participate in the TWO LEVIES campaign?
    Yes, on their own time.
  • Can district staff members use district computers or email services to communicate about the TWO LEVIES VOTE YES campaign?
    No, district staff should use their own personal computers and personal email services if they want to communicate with others about the TWO LEVIES VOTE YES campaign. District computers and email services can only be used to communicate facts about the TWO LEVIES.
 
If you have any questions about what staff members can and cannot do during the TWO LEVIES campaign, please call Superintendent Ken Russell at 370-1717 or email him at ken.russell@rsdmail.org.