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Levy Info

Last Updated: 4/6/2020 6:05 PM




Why is it a Replacement Levy?

By law, Educational Programs and Operations levies can be approved for a maximum of four years. Like a magazine subscription, levies expire after the allotted number of years. School districts must go back to their voters and ask for a continuation, or renewal of levy dollar support. That’s why the district uses the term “Replacement Levy.”


The North Mason is a good steward of the public’s money.

NMSD continues to commit to keeping its tax rate promises. The tax rate for the Replacement Levy will be approximately $2.16 per $1,000 assessed valuation each year, beginning in 2021 and continuing through 2024.

School District levies collect based on an estimated dollar per thousand to a flat rate of a set amount.  For example given current estimated home values and the number of homes in the North Mason School District area a levy of $2.16/1000 will generate $5,650,615 in subsequent years if home values go up the amount per thousand will go down as schools only collect the same amount annually.

 If you are analyzing your current property tax statement you will see a state public school tax that goes directly into the state's general fund for schools throughout the state.  In addition you will see a North Mason levy.   The local levy stays in North Mason.



What does the Replacement Levy mean to our schools?

The Replacement Levy provides funds for the day-to-day operations of the district’s educational programs, bridging the difference between the funding provided by the state and the cost of meeting the educational needs of our students. Levy dollars fill this gap.




How much would the replacement levy be?

To replace our current levy collection, which expires in December 2020, we are seeking $2.16 per $1000. 

What will the tax be for a house valued at $300,000?

Example, if the levy is approved the assessed tax on a house valued at $300,000 would be calculated with the following formula: {($300,000/$1,000) x 2.16}/12= $54 a month.


Proposed 2021 Replacement Levy Increase at $2.16/$1000 of Assessed Home Value


Assessed Home Value





Divided by $1000





Multiple by $2.16





Divided by 12 months





Tax per month





Monthly increase of $5 $7 $10 $12



What about the McCleary fix?

When the State Supreme Court found in 2011 that Washington has a constitutional mandate to amply fund education, it was expected that state funding would replace the need for local levies to support educational programs. However, funding is a complicated issue with which our legislature is still wrestling. When the legislature ‘fully funded’ education in response to this decision, they funded a specific staffing formula. This is shown on your tax statment as state public school tax. This formula does not support everything needed to run our schools. For example, it provides funding in North Mason for 3.8 employees to take care of grounds, maintenance and facilities. It takes more than 18 employees to do this work. That means the district must fund the remaining 15 positions with local levy dollars. This is just one example of the funding gap. We are not fully funded in any category and still need to assess and collect levy dollars to meet the needs of our students and our schools.



What does the levy buy?

Over one half of the levy goes into classroom services that are not funded at all or underfunded by the state. This includes student safety, instructional technology, curriculum materials, professional development for staff, co-curricular activities, gifted and remedial education programs, and instructional supplies and materials. The remaining half goes toward items seriously underfunded by the state: special education, transportation, custodial and maintenance, and athletics. There is no state funding for athletics.



North Mason School District is asking voters to renew our expiring Educational Programs & Operations Levy this upcoming April 28th, 2020. This is NOT a new tax. The rate for this replacement levy will be $2.16 per $1,000 assessed valuation.