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Levy FAQs

A local education levy in Washington State pays for items that the state does not pay for. In Ferndale, that means salaries for teachers, para-educators, and counselors, classroom materials, technology, transportation, and extracurricular activities. We estimate that starting in 2021, the levy will represent roughly 13% of the Ferndale School District budget.

A levy is a short term local property tax passed by the voters of a school district. A local levy can be approved for up to four years. Ferndale voters will consider a four-year levy which will include the years 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024. 

All Whatcom County school districts are asking voters for levy renewals in February 2020. Statewide, 145/295 districts are asking for levy renewals in February 2020.

A levy is like a magazine subscription. If you do not renew a magazine subscription, you stop getting the magazine. In the same way, if we do not renew our levy, the local levy funding runs out on December 31, 2020. 

The current Levy, which was approved in February 2016, runs out at the end of the 2020 calendar year. The state designates the schedule for elections and the February election is the first opportunity in 2020 to ask voters to consider a levy renewal. It is also cost effective since we are sharing the cost with all of the other school districts in Whatcom County who are also running renewal levies on the February ballot. 

Ferndale School District Levy Information