We want to extend our deepest gratitude to Beaverton voters for passing the local option levy renewal. This levy will continue to fund about 286 teaching positions, maintain class sizes and help prepare students for post-high school endeavors. By funding this levy, we acknowledge the trust that you are placing in the Beaverton School District to efficiently and judiciously use your taxpayer dollars. We take this responsibility seriously and pledge to continue to work in the best interests of all of our students.
Again, thank you for your tremendous generosity and support.
Beaverton School Board
Tom Colett, Chair
Karen Pérez, Vice Chair
Levies are used to help pay for the day-to-day operations of a school district. Levies can pay for staff, programs and services that are either not funded or are not fully funded by the state of Oregon. If the proposed levy passes, 100% of the funds would be used to pay for teacher salaries in the district. No additional funding source for staff positions is available to the district.
Bonds pay for capital construction projects and other infrastructure, like technology and buses. By Oregon law, bond money cannot pay for teaching positions or school programs. In May 2022, Beaverton voters passed a bond to pay for two school rebuilds, seismic upgrades, ventilation improvements and other projects.
This school year, the local option levy is budgeted to pay for 286 teachers: 150 teachers at elementary schools, 48 teachers at middle schools, 68 teachers at high schools and 20 teachers at option schools. To see how many levy-funded teachers work at each school, look at the map below.
If passed, the proposed levy renewal would continue the existing tax rate of $1.25 per $1,000 of assessed property value. A homeowner with an average assessed property value of $303,021 would continue to pay approximately $32 per month, or about $379 per year.
If the proposed levy renewal is not passed, the levy rate of $1.25 per $1,000 of assessed property value would not be assessed. The District would not receive about $39 million per year to fund 286 teaching positions, maintain class sizes and help prepare students for post-high school endeavors, starting in the 2023-2024 school year.
*These totals reflect the budgeted number of teachers at each school whose salaries are paid through the levy. Actual teacher total may vary slightly after fall enrollment numbers are taken into account.
** Decimals at middle/high/option schools represent part-time teachers.