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Our Learning Levy 2024

Overview:

On the May 21, 2024 primary election ballot, Bend-La Pine Schools proposes a 5-year Local Option Levy that would allow the District to bridge the funding gap and dedicate resources to important programs and services.

Question

Shall District levy $1.00 per $1,000 assessed value for five years beginning 2024-25 to bridge funding gap, support priorities? This measure may cause property taxes to increase by more than three percent.

Summary

The Bend-La Pine School District is unable to fully fund student-focused programs and services with revenues received under the state funding model. This proposed 5-year local option levy would allow the District to bridge the funding gap and dedicate resources for the following:

Protecting and maintaining class sizesProtecting and maintaining class sizes

Strengthening and adding Career Technical Education pathwaysStrengthening and adding CTE pathways

Recruiting and retaining teachers and support staffRecruiting and retaining teachers and support staff

Increasing advanced academic offerings for studentsIncreasing advanced academic offerings for students

Improving support systems for struggling studentsImproving support systems for struggling students

Enhancing elective offerings in music, art, technology, business, world languagesEnhancing elective offerings in music, art, technology, business, world languages


Passage of the levy would help the District focus on strategies that prepare students for lifelong learning and career success. The district serves over 17,000 students in 33 schools.

If approved, the levy would establish a tax rate of $1.00 per $1,000 of assessed property value. The estimated cost for a home with a median assessed value of $238,750 is about $239 a year. The levy would provide the District approximately $21.2 million in the first year.

Where to find a property's assessed value

Sample Deschutes County property tax statement

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Sample property tax statement with assessed value circled in red

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Note: Some property owners will be assessed at a rate less than $1 per $1,000 of assessed value if their property taxes are subject to compression. Under tax limits introduced by Measures 5 and 50 in the 1990s, if total education taxes (excluding bonds) exceed the limit, the Local Option Levy may be reduced. This “compression” generally applies to properties for which a smaller gap exists between assessed value and real market value.