NEW 2019 Property Tax Levies

Voter-Approved Levies for Tax Year 2019

  1. Schools Enrichment Levies
  2. Orcas Hospital
  3. Lopez Waste Disposal 
  4. State  -   Part 2 2018-2021

Enrichment Levies (formerly known as "M&O")

"Enrichment" supports everything not directly funded by the state such as counseling, nursing services, special education, food service, technology and specialized teachers for art and music.

In 2017, the Washington State Legislature passed Engrossed House Bill 2242 in response to the McCleary court case to fully fund the State's program of basic K-12 education by providing equitable education opportunities. 

In accordance with Engrossed House Bill 2242 and beginning with calendar year 2019, M&O levies are renamed "enrichment levies" and the method of determining the levies changed.

Commencing with 2019 and through 2021, the enrichment levies will be capped at the lesser of:

  • $2,500 per full-time equivalent student,
  • the school district voter approved levy OR
  • $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value.

The dotted line below represents the lesser of the three possible levy amounts.

Chart - Enrichment Levy2

Per State law, the Lopez, Orcas and San Juan schools will receive levy amounts based on the number of students and not on the voter approved levy for tax year 2019.

Note: Engrossed House Bill 2242 does not impact voter approved school bonds or capital project levies.