Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

On Tuesday, November 14, 2017, the Franklin Pierce Schools Board of Directors unanimously approved a resolution to place replacement levy measures on the February 13, 2018 special election ballot.

If the levies pass, the tax rates will be at or below the 2017 rates.

What will the Educational Programs & Operations Levy and Technology Levy provide?

  • Necessary maintenance and new equipment to ensure current technology for student learning
  • Teachers, paraeducators and other support staff
  • Smaller class sizes
  • School safety and security
  • Technology training
  • Programs for students with special needs
  • Textbooks and instructional materials
  • Music and the arts
  • Athletics and activities
  • Education that teaches trade skills
  • Transportation
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What will the two levy measures cost?

Both the Educational Programs and Operations and the Technology levies have proposed rates that are at or below actual 2017 rates.Tax Chart for Prop. 1

Tax Rates for Prop. 2

Are these two measures new taxes?

No. The proposed levies replace the four-year Educational Programs & Operations and Technology Levies that expire in 2018. The proposed rates WILL NOT EXCEED actual 2017 rates. The proposed rates are NOT AN INCREASE.

Doesn’t Washington State provide enough funding for schools?

The State of Washington provides about 65% of the funding needed to operate local schools. Approximately 15% comes from federal revenues and other sources. The remaining 20% comes from voter approved levies. So, while the funding provided by the state is significant, it does not cover the operating costs school districts need.

Doesn’t McCleary v. Washington require that the State of Washington fully fund basic education?

In January 2012, the Washington State Supreme Court upheld a lower court’s ruling that basically said that the state of Washington is not fully funding basic education required by the Washington State Constitution, and that the Washington State Legislature has to increase funding to fully meet basic education expenses by 2018. While the Legislature has made progress towards fully funding basic education, the requirement to fully fund basic education expenses has not yet been fully met. School districts throughout the state of Washington still depend on local levies to cover a portion of basic education expenses.

Are there certain homeowners exempt from paying property taxes?

Yes, Washington State law provides exemptions for certain senior citizens and disabled persons. For more information about this, please see the Pierce County Assessor Treasurer’s website at http://bit.ly/L719lR or call 253-798-2169.