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Pioneer School District

Capital Levy 2019 Mailer


Pioneer School District
Established 1954

Grow. Empower. Community.
Capital Levy 2019

Learn more about the Pioneer School District November 5th, 2019 Capital Levy
Approval of this one-time Capital Levy would result in an estimated $0.81
tax rate increase through 2023.

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Pioneer School District Capital Levy

The November 5th Capital Levy is critical to the community, students and families and will fund our financial commitment to Shelton School District.

This one-time Capital Levy honors our commitment and responsibility to pay our portion of the improvements to Shelton High School which will benefit our students who attend high school there.

Our District is legally obligated to pay our portion of the Shelton High School expansion and renovation project because our students attend the high school.

Keep our tax rate lower and local.

Thanks to our higher property values, Pioneer School District’s tax rate is lower than Shelton School District’s tax rate.

If funding to cover our students’ share of the Shelton High School improvements is not approved, our District’s future is uncertain. If Pioneer School District were to merge with or be annexed by Shelton, our local tax rate would increase.

The Capital Levy safeguards the independence and legacy of Pioneer School District and continues our proud history of educating our community’s students through eighth grade.

About Pioneer School District
Average Class Size: 20
Students Enrolled: 740
Full-Time Teachers: 56

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Did you know?
Pioneer School District serves students in kindergarten through eighth grade and pays a non-high fee.

Because Pioneer School District is a K-8 school, the majority of our students attend nearby Shelton High School. Our school District pays what is called a non-high fee to Shelton School District so our students can attend grades 9-12. We pay approximately $280,000 in non-high fees a year. In addition, since Shelton School District recently passed a capital bond, our community is obligated to pay a portion of the high school improvements.

This one-time levy will allow us to pay our commitment to Shelton School District over the next three years.

There’s a difference between bonds and levies
Levies: School levies are requested by the District via local property Taxes. School Levy funding stays in the District and isn’t reallocated throughout the state. The funding is collected at a set tax rate over the course of 1 to 6 years.

Bonds: The state does not provide funding for school construction. Bonds are sold to raise upfront funding for major capital projects, like building new schools or renovating aging schools, and are paid back by taxpayers at a set rate over 20 to 30 years.

What does the levy cost?

Pioneer School District’s current tax rate is $2.47 per $1,000 of assessed valuation. If the proposed Capital Levy is approved, the overall school funding tax rate would increase by approximately $0.81 for three years. This is an estimated total of $3.28 per $1,000 of assessed home value, compared to Shelton School District’s current tax rate of $4.37 per $1,000 of assessed home value.
That’s $820 a year for a $250,000 house in the Pioneer School District compared to $1,092.50 for a $250,000 house in the Shelton School District.


Pioneer School District
112 E. Spencer Lake Rd.
Shelton, WA 98584

(360) 426-9115
Remember to vote by November 5th, 2019

How to vote in Mason County
The last day to register to vote or update your registration by mail or online is Monday, October 28, 2019.
For more information on how to register to vote or update your current registration visit the Mason County Elections website at or call (360) 427-9670 ext. 470.

For more information on our levy, visit

Vote by mail, no stamp needed.
Fill out your ballot and return by mail or a Mason County ballot drop box by 8:00pm on Tuesday, November 5, 2019. Mason County Elections recommends mailing the ballot by Friday, November 1, 2019 to ensure that it is postmarked before the November 5th deadline. No stamp is needed to return the ballot by mail.

Senior Citizen Tax Exemption
Some senior citizens and disabled individuals are eligible for property tax exemptions. Learn more about the exemptions here: