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2024 Educational Programs & Operations Levy

Waitsburg School District has a two-year replacement levy on the February 13th ballot. This Educational Programs & Operations (EP&O) levy will replace Waitsburg’s current levy that was approved by voters in 2022 and is up for renewal.  If approved, the 2024 levy funds will be used to support school programs not fully funded by the state.

2024 Levy Quick Facts

  • A levy is a locally-approved tax based on property values

  • The levy pays for educational programs not fully funded by the state, including smaller class sizes, athletics, extra-curricular activities, classified and certificated staffing, after-school programs, preschool, transportation costs, technology, maintenance and operations, nutrition services, and much more.

  • The total collection amount for the proposed levy will be $761,326 in 2025 and $837,434 in 2026

  • The proposed levy rate is $2.50* per $1,000 assessed value

  • Voters will receive their ballots in the mail by the last week of January 2024

  • Register to vote or find more info online at

  • Tax exemptions and deferrals are available for senior citizens and individuals who are disabled. For more information, contact the Walla Walla County Assessor’s Office at 509-524-2560, or the Columbia County Assessor at 509-382-2131

  • Ballots must be postmarked or returned by February 13th

  • There is a ballot drop box outside the Waitsburg City Hall

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.”  Waitsburg School District runs a replacement levy every two years. In Waitsburg, levy dollars help pay for:

  • Smaller class sizes

  • Athletics

  • Extra-curricular activities

  • Classified and certificated staffing

  • Preschool

  • After-school programs

  • Transportation costs

  • Technology

  • Maintenance and operations

  • Nutrition services

  • And more…