Beaverton School District Property Tax Levy, Measure 34-204 (May 2013)
This measure authorized the Baverton School District to increase property taxes by $1.25 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for five years in order to fund teacher positions and maintain class size? The estimated annual revenue from this tax is between $15.4 million and $17.6 million.
Text of measure
Question on the ballot:
Shall District prevent teaching position cuts, protect class size; levy $1.25 per $1,000 assessed value for five years beginning 2013?
This measure may cause property taxes to increase more than three percent.
The Beaverton School District serves nearly 40,000 children in 51 schools over 57 square miles. Due to repeated state funding shortfalls over the past five years, BSD has cut $142 million from the budgets, eliminating 16 school days, 640 teacher positions and increasing class sizes at every level.
BSD has reduced administration, maintenance, guidance counselors, school libraries, textbooks and learning materials. Music, physical education and art are reduced at every level.
The current state school funding proposal would result in more cuts: eliminating teaching positions and increasing class sizes further at every school.
The Local Option Levy will prevent these cuts, and restore some previously cut teaching positions, and address some extreme class sizes. 100% of the money from the local option levy would remain in Beaverton Schools to fund teaching positions.
The levy costs $1.25 per $1,000 assessed property value. Homes with the median assessed value of $233,000 would pay an additional $24 per month.
The local option levy is projected to raise $82 million over five years:
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