On average, 22% of a local school district's operating revenues come from levy and non-levy sources. A few districts, like Seattle and Mercer Island, are able to raise almost 27% due to a special "grandfather" exception to the state cap on local levies that applies to the majority of other school districts.
Many education leaders believe local levies are too high and that the state needs to pay more as a percentage of total education spending. State Representative Ross Hunter (D-Medina) is proposing a revenue-neutral approach to increase the state’s share of public education funding.
Called a levy swap, this proposal would increase state property taxes while local school districts would reduce their local property taxes based on the amount they receive from the state.
5. In general, do you support the idea of a levy swap as a revenue-neutral way to increase the state’s contribution to total education funding?
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