District Budget

2018-2019 Budget

Battle Ground Public Schools Board of Directors approved the 2018-2019 budget (F195) for Battle Ground Public Schools at its regular board meeting on August 13. The board held a work session and hosted a public hearing prior to approving the budget. The approval sets appropriations and fee schedules for the 2018-2019 school year. Appropriation levels include:

  • A. General Fund $187,800,480
    • General Fund Transfers to Debt Service $350,000
  • B. Capital Projects Fund $9,100,000
  • C. Debt Service Fund $6,527,910
  • D. Associated Student Body Fund $2,653,075

In accordance with state law (RCW 28A.505.040), the district has developed a four-year budget estimate (F195F) including a four-year enrollment projection.

Changes and taxes

2018-19 marks the beginning of significant changes to how K-12 education is funded in Washington state. In the past, both the state and local communities provided funds to schools in the form of property tax levies because of inadequate state funding for basic education. School districts used local levies to bridge the gap between state funds and staffing costs. Over the years, the use of local levies created inequity across the state, which led to the McCleary lawsuit. This lawsuit was recently settled, bringing attention to basic education funding in Washington.

To meet the State Supreme Court’s order to fully fund the staff needed for basic education in Washington, the state Legislature reduced the amount of local levy dollars districts can collect through property taxes and increased the amount that the state collects through property taxes to be redistributed to all schools. Essentially, property owners send fewer tax dollars directly to their local district and send more tax dollars to the state for all districts. This exchange of state and local property taxes has been described as a “levy swap.”

To complicate further, property taxes are assessed on the calendar year while school districts function on the school year. This means the 2018-19 school year is a transition year with local rates starting the year at whatever level voters locally approved, and then dropping in January of 2019. The property tax rates for Battle Ground are reflected in the table below:

State property tax rate$2.89$2.57$2.89$2.89
Local BGPS property tax levy$3.46$1.50$1.50$1.50
Combined state and local levy rate (Rates are per $1,000 of assessed value)$6.35*$4.07*$4.39*$4.39*
*These rates do not include the current Battle Ground Public Schools bond rate of $0.67 per $1,000 of assessed value from the bond passed in 2005, which expires in 2023. The rates for 2019 and beyond are estimated.


So what does this mean for Battle Ground? As always, the short term is much easier to predict. Our operating budget in 2017-18 is approximately $169 million. For 2018-19, we anticipate an increase of approximately $19.9 million in state funding for certificated, classified, and administration staffing, and an $8 million decrease in local levy funding for a one-year net increase of $11.8 million. The 2019-20 school year will be the first full year under the new funding model with the full impact of the local levy reduction resulting in about $16 million annually lost for a net annual decrease of $4.7 million in funding. Given current information, we’ve modeled out the funding transition over the next several years (in millions).

Levy change (in millions)-$8.0-$7.6$1.5$0.5
State change (in millions)$19.8$2.9$3.0$3.1
Net funding change (in millions)$11.8-$4.7$4.5$3.6
Year over year net funding change (%)7%-2%2.4%1.9%
Total General Fund Revenues and other financing sources (in millions)**$169.2$188.7$184.1$188.9$192.7
*2019-20 and beyond are projected according to new legislation (RCW 28A.505.040) that requires school districts to develop four-year budget estimates (F195F), including a 4-year enrollment projection.
**Total General Fund Revenues includes state general purpose, state special purpose, local levy, local non-tax and federal revenue sources.


For at least the last three years, the state provided about 74 percent of the Battle Ground district’s funding, and the local tax levy provided about 17 percent (federal dollars and local non-tax funds make up the rest). In 2019-20, when the new funding model is in full effect, the district expects to receive about 84 percent of its funding from state appropriations, and about 8 percent from the local levy.

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2018-19 Sources of Funding    2018-19 Expenditures by Activity

BGPS 2018-19 Budget Hearings presentation

The presentation below is the material presented at the July 23, 2018 board work session. The presentation outlines the impact of changes to state appropriations and the decrease in local levy funds, the purpose of each district fund, revenues, expenditures, and monitoring tools.

Changes to school funding and Property Taxes: 2018 and beyond

How school bonds and levies affect your bill

Battle Ground Public Schools receives funding from multiple sources. The two largest sources, state and local levies, are undergoing changes imposed by the State Legislature.

Local funding in 2018

Battle Ground Public Schools is grateful to local voters and the community for supporting our schools. Your contributions allow us to connect every student to a positive future, employ local workers, and construct and maintain buildings that serve the community.

In previous years, local voters approved both a levy and a bond measure that affect property owners’ 2018 tax bills:

  • Educational Programs, Maintenance and Operations (M&O) levy
  • Bond measure (approved in 2005 and will be retired at the end of 2023) built Daybreak and Tukes Valley schools, Chief Umtuch Middle and Amboy Middle and added classrooms to Captain Strong Primary and improved technology and security and safety across the district

State funding in 2018 means temporary increase in total school tax rates

The state collects a levy from all property owners in Washington and redistributes it to public school districts.

In 2018, the state schools levy increases to $2.89 per $1,000 of assessed value in Clark County. This is a transition year under what is known as the “levy swap.” The Washington State Legislature changed how education is funded with the passing of Engrossed House Bill 2242. During this transition year, local school levy rates are not affected.

What to expect for 2019: a decrease in total school tax rates

You can expect additional changes to your tax bill that will result in a decrease in total school tax rates:

Learn more about why this is happening and the timeline for implementation on the ESD 112 website

What do the changes mean for Battle Ground Public Schools?

 First, the name of the local levy will change to be called an Enrichment Levy. New rules limit what enrichment levies can be used for. Many unanswered questions still exist, but in general, enrichment levies can fund services and activities that enrich basic education.

Tax rate breakdown

2018 is a transition year. Tax rates temporarily increase for one year as the levy swap begins with the increase in the state schools levy.

In 2019, the local Battle Ground Public Schools levy gets a name change to Enrichment Levy and is capped at $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value. The state
levy decreases by 32 cents for one year.
Other 2019 rates are estimates.

These changes were imposed by the Washington Legislature with Engrossed House Bill 2242, an educational funding bill, and Senate Bill 6032, a supplemental budget bill.


Sample tax amounts

To calculate the amount that you’ll owe annually in school taxes, please use the following formula:

Assessed home value ÷ 1,000 x levy and/or bond rate

Assessed home values (which vary from market values) are determined by the Clark County Assessor’s Office.

Who can I contact with questions?

If you:

  • Have questions about bonds and levies, contact the BGPS communications office at 360-885-5470 or by email.
  • Have specific questions about your individual property taxes, contact the Clark County Assessor’s Office.
  • Have questions about paying your property tax bill, contact the Clark County Treasurer’s Office.

2017-2018 Budget

Battle Ground Public Schools Board of Directors approved the 2017-2018 budget for Battle Ground Public Schools at its regular board meeting on August 28. The board held a work session and hosted two public hearings prior to approving the budget. The approval sets appropriations and fee schedules for the 2017-2018 school year. Appropriation levels include:


    • A. General Fund $168,249,115

    General Fund Transfers to Debt Service $350,000

    • B. Capital Projects Fund $3,530,000
    • C. Debt Service Fund $6,332,000
    • D. Associated Student Body Fund $2,692,125
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BGPS 2017-18 Budget Hearings presentation

2016-2017 Budget

Battle Ground Public Schools Board of Directors approved Resolution I-16: 2016-17 Budget Adoption on June 26, 2016. This approval sets appropriations and fee schedules for the 2016-20­17 school year. Appropriation levels include:

    • A. General Fund $155,690,200
      General Fund Transfers to Debt Service $337,000
    • B. Capital Projects Fund $5,699,999
    • C. Debt Service Fund $6,500,000
    • D. Associated Student Body Fund $2,838,020

The board hosted two public hearings for the proposed 2016-17 budget before approval. Click here to view a PDF of the presentation and an overview of the approved budget.


2015-2016 Budget

Battle Ground Public Schools Board of Directors unanimously approved the 2015-2016 district budget at its meeting on August 24, 2015. The state requires school budgets to be approved and submitted by August 31. The district expects to receive $151.9 million in revenues for the year, an increase of 10 percent over last year’s budget. Board members approved allocations for four main buckets: day-to-day operations, including $500,000 for the general fund reserve; student activities; debt services (bonds), and facilities projects.

2015-2016 Budget Overview

The presentation below is from the 2015-2016 open budget hearings. The presentation outlines the purpose of each district fund, revenues, expenditures, impact of state budget, levy plan implementation, and monitoring tools.

Google Presentation

The district receives about 71 percent of its revenues from state funding. The 2015-2016 budget takes into account estimates that the school district will receive up to $10.3 million more this year in state funding over last year; however, the majority of the funds are tied to cost of living adjustments (COLA) and benefit increases for state-funded staff. The legislature’s decision to increase the salaries of state-funded staff leaves a gap in funding. The district must match the 3 percent COLA and benefit increases for unfunded staff from other revenue sources. Currently 30.9 percent of basic education staff are unfunded (204 certificated and 136 classified) which makes up 41.1 percent of the budgeted amount for staff. Battle Ground Public Schools has the highest percentage of unfunded staff in the region. The costs to align unfunded staff with state funded staff reduces the amount of discretionary funds in the budget to $1.5 million. The chart below breaks down the additional state funding by category. (Note: This chart was presented at the Battle Ground Public Schools School Board Budget Work Session on August 10, 2015).

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K-3 Class Size & Full-Day Kindergarten
As noted in the chart above K-3 Class Size must be validated with actual enrollment before additional funding can be received. The district will be able to pull down additional funding if enrollment meets the state requirements. The state will base payments on actual enrollment starting in January 2016.

The state is also providing full-day kindergarten funding this year based on which schools have the highest percentage of students receiving free and reduced-price lunches. Eligible schools can get state funding for full-day kindergarten as long as they can accommodate a full-day program for all students. In other words, schools can only offer full-day kindergarten if they have the space to offer the full-day program to all incoming kindergartners attending the school.

Battle Ground Public Schools evaluated which schools in the district have the classroom space to support full-day kindergarten, and found that Maple Grove is currently the only school that has enough available classrooms to implement the program for all incoming kindergartners. Maple Grove also has the highest rate of free and reduced-price lunch in the district. You can read more about Full-Day Kindergarten in a recent online article.

Your Levy Dollars at Work
The four-year Replacement Maintenance and Operations Levy maintains daily operations and provides approximately $23 million, or 18% of total revenues in local funding for schools each year. Local funds are critical to bridge the gap between what the state pays for and what is actually costs to operate schools. The levy approved in 2013 maintains items such as health services, music and art classes, building safety, professional development, special education staffing, student and staff technology, curriculum, communications, transportation, asset preservation and staff salaries, allowing the district to maintain proper staffing levels in each building. Read more about local funding in the 2014-15 Accountability Report.

State Resources
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction website “School Apportionment & Financial Services” publishes several financial reports including apportionment, staffing ratios, grants, and special education. Click the link to view the OSPI website and select “Battle Ground Public Schools” from the drop-down list to view reports from 1997 – 2015.


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