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Educational Programs & Operations Levy

Vote by Feb. 14, 2023


Kennewick School District ran two previous Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) levies in February and April 2022. Both 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 Local Effort Assistance (LEA), which is revenue provided to school districts that pass their local levies.

To avoid significant cuts to staffing and programs for the 2022-23 school year, the district is filling the funding gaps by leaving vacant staffing positions unfilled, making non-staffing budget reductions, tapping into one-time ESSER COVID relief funding, and using the district’s fund balance.

The EP&O levy addresses critical needs in our schools to support the kids in our community. Good schools have a positive effect on the entire Kennewick community: they improve neighborhoods, support families and increase the value of our homes.

Because the EP&O levy is crucial in providing staffing and programs that support student success, Kennewick School District will run a levy election on Feb. 14, 2023.

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Resources & Academic Assistance

Levy funding helps ensure that all Kennewick students are given the same opportunities, resources and academic support to succeed regardless of their abilities, backgrounds or family income.


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Additional School Safety Enhancements

Levy funding is crucial to ensuring that our first priority is the safety of our students so they can focus on learning. The levy will add security personnel to provide full coverage at all schools, including 3 additional school resource officers for middle schools and limited commission safety officers at all elementary schools and Legacy/Phoenix high schools.


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Mental and Social-Emotional Health

Levy funding allows the district to invest in students’ mental and social-emotional health so they have every opportunity to grow and thrive by funding nurses, counselors and health professionals who support students and staff inside and outside the classroom.


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Athletics & Activities

Students who participate in athletic activities have increased attendance and are more likely to succeed in school. Levy funding goes towards athletics in the district, including coaches, transportation to competitions, equipment and training. Without this funding, the district will have to reduce the athletics operations, limiting the number of activities and access for students.


LEVY SUPPORTed positions

The EP&O Levy provides funding for staffing that is not provided by the state, including:

Health & Safety  - $5.2 million

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

Student Learning & Staffing - $14.7 million

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

Instructional Support  - $27.6 million

  • Secretaries
  • Paraeducators
  • Classified Substitutes
  • Curriculum

Operations & Maintenance - $4.5 million

  • Custodians
  • Grounds & Maintenance Workers
  • Transportation

Athletics & Activities - $3.9 million

  • Extracurricular Activities and Athletics
  • Coaches
  • Advisors


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



($1.73 est. tax rate)



($1.68 est. tax rate)



($1.63 est. tax rate)

Levy Calculator

What is the assessed value of your Property?
Year 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


Tax Scenarios


2024 Levy Amount - $23,000,000

Assessed Value AV (in Thousands) x the Levy Rate Estimated Tax
$250,000 250 X $1.73 $432.50
$350,000 350 X $1.73 $605.50
$400,000 450 X $1.73 $692


2025 Levy Amount - $23,850,000

Assessed Value AV (in Thousands) x the Levy Rate Estimated Tax
$250,000 250 X $1.68 $420
$350,000 350 X $1.68 $588
$400,000 450 X $1.68 $672


2026 Levy Amount - $24,700,000

Assessed Value AV (in Thousands) x the Levy Rate Estimated Tax
$250,000 250 X $1.63 $407.50
$350,000 350 X $1.63 $570.50
$400,000 450 X $1.63 $733.50

Frequently Asked Questions


Ballots will be mailed on Jan. 25. Return your ballot by mail (postmarked by Feb. 14) or by drop box or in-person by 8 p.m. on Feb. 14  at:

  • Benton County Drive Up Voting Center, 2618 N. Columbia Center Blvd., Richland
  • Kennewick City Hall, 210 W. 6th Ave., Kennewick

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Do you have any questions?

Email us at or call (509) 222-7424.

If you represent a community group that would like a levy presentation, please let us know.



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


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