Support Levy

Thank you Central Kitsap Community for renewing your support of our schools! The Feb. 12 vote count shows that our community has passed the school support levy replacement. 

Your levy dollars bring our schools to life!  A state-funded "basic" education is important. But we must go beyond that to prepare our students for their futures. The recently passed Feb. 12 levy allows us to offer a much wider range of programs and activities. This commitment sets us apart. It's what makes CK Schools unique.

Levies are for learning

The levy helps us offer unique programs and activities that connect our students to their schools and get them excited about learning. That's what brings our schools to life! The levy pays for things like:

  • Activities and athletics
  • Arts and drama
  • Counselors
  • Libraries
  • Music
  • Professional development
  • Safety and security
  • Small class sizes
  • Special education
  • Teachers and staff
  • Technology
  • Transportation

Our current levy will expire soon. It must be renewed in order for this fundingand these programsto continue.

Current school levy rate is $2.99. The proposed 2020 school levy rate is $1.50. Rate is per $1,000 of assessed value.

What Is a School Support Levy?

A levy is a property tax passed by voters. We have had a levy in place for more than 20 years. Because the funds remain local, the levy is a chance for our community to make decisions about its schools. Our community decides how to meet the needs of our students, and which opportunities to provide for their growth and enrichment. We are grateful for this guidance and support!

How does this measure affect my tax rate?

This is not a new tax. The levy measure on the February ballot will replace the current levy, which expires soon. If the levy is renewed, the CKSD tax rate will drop. The current levy rate of $2.99 (per thousand of assessed value) will go down to $1.50. The proposed levy measure will replace the current levy.

How are schools funded?

Our state has a duty to provide a basic education for all students. Over the past few years, lawmakers have increased school funding in order to meet this obligation. This means we can focus our local resources on the things that matter most to our community. 

School Funding: 83% of our budget comes from the state, 7% from federal sources, 10% local

State Funds

The majority of our funding comes from the state. The state's school funding plan is now fully implemented. This has increased the amount we receive to pay for basic education. Visit our Budget page for more details, including links to our current and past budgets. 

Federal Funds
The federal government pays for portions of our disability, food service, vocational and other special programs.

Local Funds

We use local levy dollars to go beyond basic education. The levy helps fund things like safety and security. It provides enrichment activities and extracurricular programs. It also helps us hire and train teachers and staff, so we can keep our class sizes small.

Are there tax exemptions for senior citizens or those who are disabled?

Yes. Senior and disabled citizens who meet certain income requirements may be exempt from part or all of local school levy taxes. To learn more, call the Kitsap County Assessor’s Office at 360-337-4904 and ask about the property tax exemption and deferral program. Some senior citizens may also quality for tax relief  by volunteering in our schools. For more information, call CKSD Community Schools at 360-662-1635.