2024 EP&O Levy

EP&O Levy Link

What exactly is a levy anyway?

Every four years, voters must reauthorize the Educational Programs and Operations Levy (EP&O), also known as the "Learning Levy." This renewal ensures that our community's programs and offerings, approved at the ballot box for over half a century, continue. From honors classes to band programs to the arts, the "Learning Levy" funds the programs, experiences, and student opportunities that the state does not fully support.

EP&O Explanatory Statement Link

What will the levy cost?


EP&O Levy Chart

Collection Years

Approximate Levy Rate/$1,000

Assessed Value

Max Levy 


Approximate Annual Cost for a Home of Assessed at $500,000

Levy rate - 2021




Levy rate - 2022




Levy rate - 2023




Levy rate - 2024




Proposed Levy rate -  2025




Proposed Levy rate -  2026




Proposed Levy rate -  2027




Proposed Levy rate -  2028




Levies are for Learning!

A Levy is a local property tax passed by the voters of a school district that generates revenue to fund programs and services that the state does not pay for as part of “basic education.”

On Orcas, levy dollars help pay for:

  • Student Learning and Staffing: Smaller Class Sizes, Career Tech (CTE), Advanced Placement Classes, Certificated Staff, Classified Staff. Investment in Academic Growth, by continuing our progress toward improving student learning throughout Orcas Island School District.
  • Student Programs and Activities: Art, Music, Athletics, Farm to Classroom, Drama, Physical Education.
  • Student Services: Social-Emotional Learning, Special Education, Multi-Language Learners, Child Nutrition Program, Mental Health, Health.
  • Operations and Maintenance: Utilities, Safety, Supplies.

How your levy dollars are spent...

Student learning and staffing represents the bulk of levy spending. Here’s a breakdown of how levy funds are allocated by category:

  Levy Chart

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