Facts & Information

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Prop 1: Education Programs & Operations Levy Replacement

Funds 15% of day-to-day operations

Teachers, Books and Basics

  • Teachers, nurses, counselors, librarians, paraeducators and special needs staff, equaling about 500 staff members

  • Up-to-date textbooks and instructional materials, including math and reading

Health, Safety & Security

  • Upgrades to plumbing, heating and ventilation systems to maintain clean air and safe water

  • Upgrades to aging roofs and earthquake safety

  • Improvements to school safety and security, fire alarm systems and 911 communications

Educational Programs for Every Child in Every Neighborhood

  • Special needs programs and improved accessibility for students and staff with disabilities

  • Preschool and after-school programs

  • Programs for high-achieving students and college entrance exams for all students

  • Arts, music, athletics, extracurricular and career and technical education programs

Prop 2: Technology Improvements & Upgrades Levy Replacement

Technology access for all K-12 students

Access to Technology & Up-to-Date Learning for Every K-12 student

  • Expanded technology access and laptops for every K-12 student and staff member to use at school and at home

  • Staff training and up-to-date computer software and online learning tools for teachers and students

Safety, Security and Privacy Protection

  • Increased computer safety, security and privacy protection for all students and staff

Keeping Students on Track

  • Online systems for students, teachers and parents to monitor academic progress, attendance, homework and credits, keeping students on track for high school graduation

Cost

Not a tax rate increase

  • Props. 1 and 2 are both 4-year replacement measures of expiring levies that cover the basic day-to-day operations, maintenance and technology needs for every neighborhood school.

  • If Props. 1 and 2 pass, the average four-year tax rate for Tacoma schools is projected to decrease due to rising property values (from $2.72 per $1,000 to $2.63 per $1,000 of assessed value*).

  • The cost to the average Tacoma homeowner is projected to be about $13 more per month ($9.43 per month for Prop. 1 Operations levy and $3.63 for Prop. 2 Technology levy.)

*The average home value in Tacoma in February 2021 was $352,322, according to the Pierce County Assessor Treasurer.