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State Budget Impact on Local Taxes

The School District is working diligently to assist the community in understanding how the new state budget will impact local property taxes. This Q&A was created with input and clarification by ESD 112 (Educational Service District), Skamania County Assessor and OSPI (Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction).

QUESTION: My home has an assessed value of $175,000. If the Stevenson-Carson School District levy is approved, taking the new state budget into consideration, how much will my property tax increase to support the district’s school levy and the state school levy?

ANSWER: The Stevenson-Carson School District levy is a replacement levy. The proposed increase for a home/property valued at $175,000 would be about $250. The state’s school levy would increase for Skamania County in 2018 by about .56 per $1,000 of A/V. This increase would be close to $98.00. The anticipated total increase for these two combined would be approximately $350.00. This is less than $30.00 each month.

In 2019, the state has put a cap on the local levy of $1.50 per $1,000 assessed value. In this scenario, in 2019, if the approximate levy rate of $2.41 per $1,000 is approved, it would be reduced to $1.50 per $1,000. At that point in time, residence in the Stevenson-Carson School District area, would see a reduction in taxes collected for the local levy.