VIDEO: Explaining the replacement levy on the Nov. 2 ballot
On November 2, voters in the Battle Ground school district will consider whether to continue funding the district's Educational Programs and Operations levy. The four-year local school levy is not a new tax, and would replace the one that expires at the end of this year, allowing current essential student programs to continue and providing the funding to launch middle schools sports this winter. The expiring levy provides approximately 14 percent of the district's annual budget and funds 260 staff that state funding doesn't cover. Levy dollars also fund programs such as arts, music, theater, sports, social-emotional learning, elective and advanced placement classes, and much more. The replacement levy would continue this essential funding at a lower tax rate, dropping from $2.32 per $1,000 of assessed value for homeowners down to $1.99 per $1,000. In this video, BGPS Deputy Superintendent Shelly Whitten and Chief Financial Officer Michelle Scott help to break down why the levy is important to students, and what will happen if the levy fails.