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Centralia School District Levy- February 13, 2024

On February 13, 2024, voters will be asked to consider a replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy (EP&O). This funding helps provide the kind of education that prepares students for the jobs of tomorrow. 

Centralia School District is asking voters to consider a two year replacement levy at $1.15 per $1,000 of assessed value for each of the two years. 

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Your levy dollars support crucial school services and programs not covered under state basic education funding. This accounts for about 11% of the district's overall budget. 

Centralia, like nearly every other school district in the state of Washington, relies on a mix of federal, state, and local funds to operate schools. All of these funding streams come with very specific spending criteria and reporting requirements. The proposed two-year EP&O levy must be designated and reported to the state to be spent in non-basic education categories.

Levy funds are spent for the direct benefit of students. This efficient use of public funds ensures students receive individualized learning support, social-emotional guidance and growth, and access and opportunities to a variety of educational experiences. 

Doesn't the state pay for education?

Although the state of Washington has taken on more responsibility for paying for basic education, there are still funding gaps. This is why locally-approved levies are still authorized.