Levies

On February 11, 2020, the Finley School Board will place a two-year replacement levy on voters' ballots. This Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) levy is NOT a new tax. It will REPLACE Finley’s expiring levy that was approved by voters in 2018. If approved, the 2020 levy funds will be used to support school programs not fully funded by the state.Contact the Finley School District Office at (509) 586-3217 with questions or for more information.

2020 Levy Quick Facts

  • Finley’s EP&O levy is up for renewal on your February 11th ballots.
  • A levy is a locally-approved tax based on property values.
  • Finley’s 2020 replacement levy is not a new tax.
  • If approved by Finley voters, levy funds will be used to maintain educational programs in our schools that the State of Washington does not fully fund as part of “basic education.” This includes smaller classroom staffing, CTE programs, extra-curricular activities, counselors and nurses, and much more.
  • The proposed levy rate is $1.94 beginning in 2021, and $1.99 in 2022.
  • These proposed rates are below the state levy cap of $2.50. (Rates are per $1,000 assessed value.)
  • The total collection amount for this levy will be $1.13 million in 2021 and $1.18 million in 2022.

Voting Info

  • Voters can expect ballots to arrive in mailboxes around January 24th
  • Ballots must be returned by February 11th
  • Find voting information or register to vote online at wei.sos.wa.gov
  • Washington State law provides tax exemption and deferral programs for senior citizens and individuals who are disabled. For more information on qualifications, contact the Benton County Assessor’s Office at 509-735-2394.

Levies are for Learning!

In Finley, levy dollars pay for:

  • Smaller classroom staffing
  • Career & Technical Education (CTE), Vocational, and STEM programs
  • Athletics and extra-curricular activities
  • Student health services and nurses
  • School counselors
  • Textbooks, library materials, and curriculum materials
  • …and more!

Watch this video to learn more about Levies!


Estimated Tax Impact

Year

Levy Amount

Projected Tax Rate Per $1,000 Home Value

Monthly Tax on a $100,000 Home

2019

$789,545

$1.50

$12.50

2020

$1,000,000

$1.76

$14.67

2021

$1,125,000

$1.94

$16.17

2022

$1,175,000

$1.99

$16.58