• Local Option Levy 2018

    Measure #14-61: Maintain Staffing Levels & Quality School Programs

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    2018 Local Option Levy - Fact Sheet (click here to download file)

    What is a Local Option Levy?
    The Local Option Levy is a local property assessment approved by the voters of Hood River County to provide additional funds to the Hood River County School District (HRCSD). By Oregon Law, Local Option Levies are limited to five years. HRCSD's Levy will expire on June 30, 2018.

    Is it new?
    No. It is a renewal of the existing Local Option Levy. It has been approved by the voters of Hood River County since 2004. Your elected School Board is asking for renewal of this levy for five more years.

    A "YES" Vote Will NOT Increase Your Tax Rate

    Quick Facts - By the Numbers

    $3,000,000   The amount of funds that will need to be cut from the HRCSD budget without the Local Option.
    $546,421   The amount received from the state as a "match" if we pass the Local Option.
    4,056   The number of children learning and growing in our community's public schools.
    2004   The year Hood River County voters first approved the Local Option.
    1865   The year voters first approved a local levy and we became the Hood River County School District.
    35   The estimated number of teaching and staff positions paid for by the Local Option.
    7   The number of middle school sports programs paid for by the Local Option.
    6   The percent of the school district's operating budget that comes from the current Local Option.
    3   The number of high school sports programs paid for by the Local Option.
    $0   The estimated tax rate increase for you if the Local Option Levy is approved.

    Can't the Capital Construction Bond be used to cover these expenses?
    No. Capital Construction Bond funds cannot be used for general operations like paying for teachers – the Capital Construction Bond is legally restricted to pay only for facilities, fields and other infrastructure. The Local Option Levy resources go directly into teaching and learning!

    How much will it cost?
    The proposed rate is the same rate that has been assessed the past five years – so the tax rate will not increase. The proposed maximum rate of $1.25 per $1000 of assessed value will cost approximately $231 per year for a property with the average Hood River County assessed value of $184,752.

    How much revenue will it generate? (Click here to download Tax Calculator Worksheet)
    The continued rate of $1.25 per 1000 is estimated to raise $2,500,000 per year. The Local Option
    Levy results in “matching” revenue from the State equal to approximately 23% of local option
    revenue collected, or approximately $560,000 per year.

    How is the rate set each year?
    The continued rate of $1.25 per 1000 is estimated to raise $2,500,000 per year. The Local Option Levy results in "matching" revenue from the State equal to approximately 23% of local option revenue collected, or approximately $560,000 per year.

    Who can vote on this measure:
    Hood River County School District registered voters

    Voter registration deadline:
    April 24

    Ballots mailed:
    Beginning April 25

    Ballots due to Hood River County Elections or a ballot drop box:
    May 15, 8 p.m.

    Ballot Title for multiple-year local option levy renewal

    Measure 14-61 (en español)

    Caption
    Renew current five-year local option levy to maintain school programs.

    Question
    Shall School District levy up to $1.25 per $1,000 of assessed value for operations annually for five years beginning 2018-2019? This measure renews current local option taxes.

    Summary

    Hood River County residents have approved a Local Option Levy since 2005 in support of sustaining school programs. If approved, this measure to renew the current levy rate would provide Hood River County School District continued funding to help maintain:

    • Class sizes;
    • A full school year;
    • Athletic programs;
    • Music, Theater and Arts programs;
    • Electives and co-curricular activities including band, choir, agriculture, engineering and robotics;
    • Career-Technical and Advanced Placement courses; and,
    • Community Education programs.

    In addition, if the Local Option Levy is renewed it will result in additional revenue from the State equal to approximately 28% of the Local Option Levy.

    The amount to be levied each year will be set by the Budget Committee and School Board after inviting public comment. The maximum rate of $1.25 per $1,000 would cost approximately $231 per year for the median Hood River County residential property with an assessed value of $184,752. This estimated cost is based on the best information available from the county assessor at the time of the estimate.

    The proposed rate will raise approximately $2,517,300 in 2018-2019, $2,605,400 in 2019-2020, $2,696,600 in 2020-2021, $2,791,000 in 2021-2022, and $2,888,700 in 2022-2023.