School Support Levy

On Tuesday, February 8, 2022, voters in Central Kitsap School District will be asked to vote on a replacement school support levy to help us enrich educational programs and fund school district operations. The proposed two-year replacement levy would remain at the current levy rate of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value. 

A state-funded “basic” education—reading, writing, and math—is important. Our community has supported us going beyond that to prepare our students for their futures. The 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:

  • Arts, athletics & clubs
  • Counselors
  • Libraries
  • Safety & security
  • Small class sizes
  • Special education
  • Technology
  • Transportation

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

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. We are grateful for this support so we can offer programs and activities the state does not fully fund.

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 remain at the current levy rate of $1.50 (per thousand of assessed value). 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 District Budget page for more details, including links to our current and past budgets. 

Federal Funds
The federal government pays for portions of our special education, food service, career and technical education, and other special programs. These funds are mostly “non-discretionary,” which means we have no say in where they are spent.

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 athletic 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.