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Bonds & Levies

Kennewick School District relies on local bond and levy funding to provide programs, staffing and construction funding not covered by the state. We appreciate the continued support of our Kennewick voters by passing school bonds and levy measures. This support provides dollars to build new buildings and the learning support students need.

Kennewick School District's Capital Facilities Plan is updated annually by the district's Facility Study Committee that recommends options, strategies and opportunities to the Kennewick School District Board of Directors and the Superintendent based on the educational standards of the district and studies undertaken of facility and land needs, along with projected student growth and funding capabilities. 

A simple way to remember the difference between bonds and levy is:

BONDS=BUILDINGS

Bonds require a 60 percent (super-majority) voter approval to pass.

LEVIES=LEARNING

Levies require a 50 percent (simple-majority) voter approval to pass.

Bond and Levy Rates

Here's a look at the district's bond and levy rates, combined with the state's basic education levy rate, per $1,000 of assessed property value.

Year Educational Programs
& Operations Levy
Capital Technology
levy
State Basic
Education Levies (Combined)
Capital Projects
Bond
Total
2017 $3.41 --- $2.15 $1.61 $7.17
2018 $3.37 --- $3.17 $1.62 $8.16
2019 $1.50 $0.47 $2.74 $1.52 $6.23
2020 $1.58 $0.43 $3.07 $1.67 $6.75
2021 $1.66 $0.40 $2.68 $1.63 $6.37
2022 $1.67 $0.37 $2.63 $1.60 $6.27
2023 --- $0.34 $2.18 $1.38 $3.90*
2024 $1.52 $0.30 $2.20 $1.20 $5.21
2025 $1.47* $0.29* $2.20* $1.18* $5.14*
2026 $1.44* $0.29* $2.20* $0.87* $4.80*

*Estimated tax rate per $1,000 of assessed property value.

Year Type Yes No Percent Yes
2023 Educational Programs & Operations Levy 11,166 8,867 55.74%
2022 (April) Educational Programs & Operations Levy 8,029 8,366 48.97% (did not pass)
2022 (Feb) Educational Programs & Operations Levy 7,957 8,278 49.01% (did not pass)
2022 Technology Levy 8,530 7,787 52.28%
2019 Capital Projects Bond 10,748 6,334 62.9%
2018 Educational Programs & Operations Levy 9,977 5,402 64.87%
2018 Technology Levy 9,840 5,528 64.03%
2016 Maintenance & Operations Levy 10,404 5,376 65.93%
2015 Capital Projects Bond 11,304 6,208 64.55%
2014 Maintenance & Operations Levy 9,712 5,750 62.8%
2012 Maintenance & Operations Levy 11,247 5,656 66.5%
2010 Maintenance & Operations Levy 10,388 6,182 62.7%
2009 (May) Capital Projects Bond 10,922 6,788 61.7%
2009 (March) Capital Projects Bond 10,147 6,970 59.3% (did not pass)
2008 Maintenance & Operations Levy 10,634 7,600 58.3%
2004 Maintenance & Operations Levy 8,220 4,217 66.1%
2002 Maintenance & Operations Levy 8,794 5,124 63.2%
2001 Capital Projects Bond 9,331 3,544 72.5%
2000 Maintenance & Operations Levy 10,123 5,942 63.0%
1998 Maintenance & Operations Levy 4,915 2,482 66.4%
1996 Maintenance & Operations Levy 5,397 2,119 71.8%
1994 Maintenance & Operations Levy 5,974 1,878 76.1%
1992 Maintenance & Operations Levy 5,783 1,221 82.6%
1990 Maintenance & Operations Levy 4,138 1,308 76.0%
1988 (April) Maintenance & Operations Levy 5,173 1,756 74.7%
1988 (February)   Maintenance & Operations Levy 3,046 2,617 53.8%
1986 Maintenance & Operations Levy 4,593 2,899 61.4%