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2021 Levy Information

Replacement Levy


Your vote counts February 9, 2021


  • This is not a new tax.
  • It renews the current levy that expires in 2021.
  • The Replacement Levy continues our community’s investment in our students and schools.
  • It provides critical funding for student readiness, safety, health and security, enrichment and advanced places courses and extra-curricular activities—music, JROTC, arts, sports and other activities. It also funds early learning and social emotional support services and other unfunded mandates not funded by the state.
  • The amount requested will not increase. In fact, it reduces each year beginning in 2023 with approval of the renewal levy. The district will only collect up to the amount approved by voters.


What do levy dollars fund?

We are focused on eliminating learning gaps and aim to help all students reach their highest academic and social abilities through rigorous educational programs and instruction.


Levy funding helps us provide opportunities for students that allow them to explore interests,  and participate in programs and activities to connect them to school and prepare them to be career, college and life ready. It provides funding for educational programs and resources not funded through state basic education. This includes:


  • Early Learning Programs
  • Athletics
  • Advanced Course Offerings (Middle School Algebra & AP classes at EVHS)
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math)
  • Safe & Secure Schools (including Student Resource Officer position)
  • School Nurses
  • School Counselors
  • Social Emotional Support Specialists
  • Special Education
  • Band, Music & Drama
  • Extracurricular Opportunities
  • Technology Services
  • Transportation/Bus Fleet
  • Maintenance of Facilities
  • Textbooks & Curriculum
  • Class Size Reduction
  • Enhanced Communications 
  • Recruitment & Retention of Highly Qualified Staff
  • Professional Development

Who decides how levy money is spent?

The East Valley School Board of Directors, Superintendent, and Business Director are responsible for overseeing the expenditures of levy funds. The community may provide input in the process by attending meetings of the Board of Directors the second and fourth Monday of each month. School Board meetings are currently being held online. To request a link, please contact Sheryl Seaman at [email protected]


What happens if the Levy passes?

If the replacement levy passes, not only will the  District receive the local tax dollars approved by voters, but we will also receive additional state levy equalization funding (approximately $2 million) necessary to maintain the programs listed above.


What happens if the Levy does not pass?

If the replacement levy does not pass, not only will the District lose the local tax dollars, but we will also lose the additional state levy equalization funding (approximately $2 million) and we will have to eliminate and/or reduce funding for the essential enrichment programs currently offered for our students.



Proposed Replacement Levy Amount:

Year Estimated rate per $1,000 assessed property value Levy Amount
2022 $1.97 $4,155,352
2023 $1.96 $4,464,999
2024 $1.95 $4,753,174

What does “replacement levy” mean?

In 2018, East Valley voters approved our current Educational Support & Operations Levy. Our current levy expires in December 2021. To continue offering quality education, the school district must submit this levy proposal to voters. The proposed replacement levy would begin after our current one expires; no funds for the replacement levy will be collected until 2022.


Current Levy Amount:

Year Rate per $1,000 assessed property value Levy Amount
2020 $1.97 $3,621,608

Why would the amount I pay go down?

As the East Valley area grows, property taxes are spread across a wider tax base, which  can result in lower taxes for individual homeowners.


What is the “estimated rate”?

By law, the levy is set as a total dollar amount to be collected. In 2020, the school district will collect $3,621,608, as approved by the last levy. That amount is divided amongst all the taxable property owners in East Valley.


In order to help homeowners plan for how much they will pay, an estimated rate is given. The rate may change because of valuation changes set by the Yakima County  Assessor. Rates may also be adjusted based upon limitations imposed by law at the time of the levy.