What is the financial impact?
The replacement operations levy and replacement technology capital levy total between $47–51 million per year for each of the four years. For example, for a home at Bellingham’s median property value ($375,000), the change in total bond and levy rates will result in an increase of approximately $10.94* per month in 2021, then the combined rate decreases over the duration of the levies.
Actual combined bond and levy rate
2017 actual: $4.81
2018 actual: $4.55
2019 actual: $3.57
Projected combined bond and levy rate*
2020 projected: $3.60
2021 projected: $3.95
2022 projected: $3.91
2023 projected: $3.68
2024 projected: $3.66
*Estimated total school district combined bond and levy rate per $1000 assessed value. The rates are estimates based upon data from the Whatcom County Assessor’s Office available in January 2020.
For more information on the financial impact of Bellingham School Levies, visit the school district's 2020 Levy FAQ page.
Didn't the state fix K-12 public education funding? Why do we need levies?
The state funds what it calls a “prototypical model” for K-12 public education. We do not believe their model meets our standards for what is best for students and our community. An example of where our local community’s standards are higher than the state’s model is nursing. The state funds 1.6 nurses for 12,000 students across 22 schools. Bellingham Public Schools funds an additional seven nurses to serve our students. There are many other examples of deficiencies in the state funding model. 88% of all the money collected through operations levies pays for staffing.