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THEIR
EDUCATIONAL FUTURE
IS IN YOUR HANDS.

Vote by Feb. 14, 2023

Vote By Feb 14
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KENNEWICK SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL RUN A LEVY ELECTION ON FEBRUARY 14, 2023.


If it doesn’t pass, the financial impact to the district is a loss of   $38 MILLION  per year.


This could require drastic cuts to athletics, activities, and staff.


If it does pass, our local students will have a  SAFER, MORE SECURE,  FULLY-STAFFED  experience.


What do we want education in Kennewick to be?  

Learn How The Levy Helps Support Kennewick Kids

What the levy Funds

Student Learning & Staffing - $14.7 million

  • Graduation Success Coordinators
  • Advanced Placement
  • International Baccalaureate
  • Special Education Support
  • Professional Development & Training
  • Dual Language
  • Librarians
  • Substitute Teachers

Health & Safety  - $5.2 million

  •  NEW:  Add 3 Additional Middle School SROs
  •  NEW:  Add Elementary Safety Officers
  • Middle & High School Resource Officers (SROs)
  • Security Staff
  • Nurses
  • Psychologists
  • Drug & Alcohol Prevention
  • Crosswalk Safety

Instructional Support  - $9.9 million

  • Secretaries
  • Paraeducators
  • Classified Substitutes
  • Curriculum

Athletics & Activities - $3.9 millioN

  • Extracurricular Activities and Athletics
  • Coaches
  • Advisors

Operations & Maintenance - $4.5 million

  • Custodians
  • Grounds & Maintenance Workers
  • Transportation

WHY A LEVY?

Kennewick School District relies on local levy funding to provide quality educational programs and address critical needs in our schools to support the kids in our community. 

If the local levy passes, the district will receive an additional $15 million per year in state Local Effort Assistance (LEA) funding. If the levy doesn't pass, we will not receive these funds and significant budget cuts will need to be made.

The district ran levy elections in both February and April 2022 that failed to pass. The district lost $34 million in funding for the 2022-23 and 2023-24 school years, including $20 million in local levy revenue and $14 million in LEA funding.

To avoid significant cuts to staffing and programs for this school year, the district made staffing reductions and left vacant staffing positions unfilled. The district also made non-staff budget reductions, tapped into one-time ESSER COVID relief funding, and used the district’s fund balance.

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LEVY AMOUNTS

Voters will be asked to decide on a three-year levy with the following amounts:

2024

$23,000,000

($1.73 est. tax rate)

2025

$23,850,000

($1.68 est. tax rate)

2026

$24,700,000

($1.63 est. tax rate)

Levy Calculator

What is the assessed value of your Property?
Year Est. Rate Per $1,000 Annual Estimated Tax
2024 Levy Amount $1.73 $432.50
2025 Levy Amount $1.68 $420.00
2026 Levy Amount $1.63 $407.50

 

Sample Tax Scenarios

2024 Levy Amount - $23,000,000

Assessed Property Value Assessed Value (in Thousands) x Est. Levy Rate Estimated Tax
$250,000 250 X $1.73 $432.50
$350,000 350 X $1.73 $605.50
$400,000 400 X $1.73 $692

 

2025 Levy Amount - $23,850,000

Assessed Property Value Assessed Value (in Thousands) x Est. Levy Rate Estimated Tax
$250,000 250 X $1.68 $420
$350,000 350 X $1.68 $588
$400,000 400 X $1.68 $672

 

2026 Levy Amount - $24,700,000

Assessed Property Value Assessed Value (in Thousands) x Est. Levy Rate Estimated Tax
$250,000 250 X $1.63 $407.50
$350,000 350 X $1.63 $570.50
$400,000 400 X $1.63 $733.50

HISTORICAL & FUTURE EP&O LEVY TAX RATE

2024, 2025 and 2026 are estimated Tax Rates

TOTAL COMBINED SCHOOL TAX RATE

  2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026
KSD Educational Programs & Operations Levy 
(Listed as "ENRICHMENT" on tax statement)
$3.41 $3.37 $1.50 $1.58 $1.66 $1.67 -- $1.73* $1.68* $1.63*

KSD Capital Technology Levy
(Listed as "CAPITAL PROJECTS" on tax statement)

--- --- $0.47 $0.43 $0.40 $0.37 $0.34* $0.34* $0.34* $0.34*
WA State Basic Education Levies
(Listed as "STATE SCHOOL" and
"STATE SCHOOL PART 2" on tax statement)
$2.15 $3.17 $2.74 $3.07 $2.68 $2.63 $2.57* $2.52* $2.47* $2.42*
KSD Capital Projects Bond
(Listed as "DEBT SERVICE" on tax statement)
$1.61 $1.62 $1.52 $1.67 $1.63 $1.60 $1.39* $1.39* $1.36* $1.36*
Total $7.17 $8.16 $6.23 $6.75 $6.37 $6.27 $4.30* $5.98* $5.85* $5.75*


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

Frequently Asked Questions

Questions?

Contact info@ksd.org or call (509) 222-5000.

HOW TO VOTE

RETURNING YOUR BALLOT

Ballots are mailed on Jan. 25. If you are voting by mail, please return your ballot before Feb. 14 so that it gets postmarked by the deadline.

To return your ballot in-person, put it in a drop box by 8 p.m. on Feb. 14  at:

  • DRIVE UP Kennewick City Hall, 210 W. 6th Ave., Kennewick
  • DRIVE UP IN PARKING LOT ON THE STREET SIDE Benton County Voting Center, 2600 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Richland
  • INSIDE 2618 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Richland
  • DRIVE UP Benton County Campus, 7122 W Okanogan Place, Kennewick

 

REGISTERING TO VOTE

  • FEB. 6 - Deadline for mail-in and online voter registration  
  • FEB. 14 BY 8 P.M. - Deadline for in-person voter registration at Benton County Voting Center, 2600 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Richland
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