Maintenance & Operation Levy

On February 14, 2017 Pioneer School District will run a regularly scheduled replacement of the Maintenance and Operation Levy.

The Pioneer School District Board of Directors voted to reduce the Maintenance and Operations Levy collection for the 2018, 2019, and 2020 calendar years.  If approved, the proposed 2018 levy rates represent an approximate 10% reduction from the voter approved 2017 levy collection.

The current levy amount:

  • $2.93 million in 2017 (voter approved on February 11, 2014)
    • Collected at an estimated rate of $2.29 per $1000 assessed value

The proposed levy amounts:

  • $2.64 million in 2018
    • Collected at an estimated rate of $2.10 per $1000 assessed value
  • $2.64 million in 2019
    • Collected at an estimated rate of $2.10 per $1000 assessed value
  • $2.64 million in 2020
    • Collected at an estimated rate of $2.10 per $1000 assessed value

The Maintenance and Operations Levy is not a new tax. It will replace the current levy which expires at the end of 2017. Every three years, District residents are asked to renew the levy.

The levy allows the District to continue basic operations which are not fully funded by the State and Federal Government. Local levy money makes up about 29% of the District’s annual operating budget.  The local levy dollars’ support:  Custodial/ maintenance needs, early learning program, extracurricular programs/athletics, non-high school fees, regular classroom/special program teachers, school safety needs, teacher training, technology, transportation, etc.

The Mason County Auditor’s Office will mail out election ballots to all Pioneer School District residents around January 23rd.  A 50% yes vote is required for approval.

For more information, please contact:  Marty Brewer at 360-426-9115, ext. 3.