Levy

On February 11, 2020, the Royal School Board will place a two-year replacement levy on voters' ballots. This Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) levy is NOT a new tax.  It will replace Royal’s expiring levy that was approved by voters in 2018. If approved, the 2020 levy funds will be used to support school programs not fully funded by the state.


2020 Levy Quick Facts

  • A levy is a locally-approved tax based on property values.
  • Royal’s 2020 replacement levy is not a new tax.
  • The levy pays for educational programs not fully funded by the state, including smaller classroom staffing, extra-curricular activities and athletics, counselors and nurses, CTE programs, technology, and much more.
  • The proposed levy rate is $1.64 beginning in 2021, and $1.59 in 2022.
  • These proposed rates are below the state levy cap of $2.50. (Rates are per $1,000 assessed value.)
  • The total collection amount for this levy will be $1.37 million in both years.

Levies are for Learning!

A Levy is a local property tax passed by the voters of a school district that generates revenue to fund programs and services that the state does not pay for as part of “basic education.”  Royal School District runs a replacement levy every two years. In Royal, levy dollars help pay for:

  • Smaller classroom staffing
  • Career & Technical Education (CTE), Vocational, and STEM programs
  • Athletics and extra-curricular activities
  • Student health services and nurses
  • School counselors
  • Technology
  • Textbooks, library materials, and curriculum materials
  • …and more!

Estimated Tax Impact

Year

Levy Amount 

Projected Tax Rate Per $1,000 Assessed Value 

Monthly Tax on a $100,000 Home 

 2019 $1,209,207   $1.75*  $12.50
 2020 $1,300,000   $1.72*  $13.08
 2021 $1,370,000  $1.64  $13.67
 2022 $1,370,000   $1.59  $13.25

* In the 2018 election, Royal voters approved levy rates for $1.75 and $1.72. The actual rates were reduced to $1.50 in 2019 and $1.57 in 2020.