Property Taxes and School Funding

How school bonds and levies affect your property tax bill

Public schools receive funding from multiple sources. The two largest sources, state and local levies, have undergone changes imposed by the State Legislature.

2018-19 saw significant changes to how K-12 education is funded in Washington state. To meet the State Supreme Court’s order (known as the McCleary Decision) to fully fund basic education in Washington, the state Legislature capped the amount of local levy dollars that 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.

Learn more about how Washington funds K-12 education on the ESD 112 website.

Battle Ground has lowest school taxes in Clark County, receives less funding than voters approved

In the Battle Ground school district, the district will receive less local funding than voters approved. For 2021, voters approved local funding of $36.7 million at a projected tax rate of $3.66 per $1,000 of assessed value. Under the new state law, however, Battle Ground Public Schools will receive $28.3 million in calendar year 2021 at the rate of $2.34 per $1,000 of assessed value. Read more about 2020 property tax rates for the Battle Ground Public Schools district.

The 2021 property tax rates for school districts in Clark County are reflected in the table below. Battle Ground Public Schools has the lowest property tax rates of all K-12 Clark County districts.

2021 School Property Tax Rates within Clark County

School DistrictEP&O LevyTechnology LevyBondCapital LevyTotal Local Bond & Levy*
Battle Ground Public Schools$2.32$0.56**$2.88
Ridgefield Public Schools$1.50$1.68$3.18
Hockinson School District$1.50$1.77$3.27
Vancouver Public Schools$2.01$0.33$1.37$3.71
Evergreen Public Schools$1.72$0.42$1.76$3.90
Woodland Public Schools$2.36$1.56$3.92
La Center School District$1.50$2.65$4.15
Washougal School District$2.18$1.85$0.25$4.29
Camas School District$2.50$0.27$1.97$4.74
Green Mountain K-8 School District***$1.72$1.19$2.92
*These rates do not include the State Schools property tax rate ($2.94 per $1,000 of assessed value in 2021).
**BGPS current bond expires December 2023.
***Green Mountain serves K-8 students only. 9-12 typically attend BGHS.

Local funding: Levies and Bonds

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 general levies are for learning (curricula, security and safety, activities, student support services, school improvements) and bonds are for buildings (new construction and replacement schools). Read about how Battle Ground Public Schools plans to spend $14 million in levy funds over the next three years to improve schools and complete much needed projects.

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

  • Educational Programs, Maintenance and Operations (M&O) levy (approved in 2017 for four years: 2018-2021)
  • 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

History of Battle Ground School District Property Tax Rates

Local BGPS levy rate$4.13$3.82$3.65$3.31$3.45$1.50$2.50$2.32
Local BGPS bond rate*$0.85*$0.86*$0.81*$0.73*$0.67*$0.61*$0.58*$0.56*
Total local BGPS levy & bond rate$4.98$4.68$4.46$4.03$4.12$2.11$3.08$2.88
State schools levy rate$2.35$2.24$2.07$1.98$2.89$2.51$2.85$2.94
Combined state and local levy rate$7.33$6.92$6.53$6.01$7.01$4.61$5.94$5.82
Rates are per $1,000 of assessed value. Taxes are collected on a calendar year.
*BGPS bond expires December 2023.

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

After the State Supreme Court ruled that Washington was not “fully” funding basic education, the State Legislature changed the funding system for public schools to increase revenue going to the state level. The Legislature passed Engrossed House Bill 2242, which increased the state schools property tax rate to fund basic education in Washington. The bill also capped the amount local school districts could collect through local levies. This became known as the “levy swap.” In 2021, the state school levy rate is $2.94 per $1,000 of assessed value.

Tax rate breakdown

2018 was a transition year. Tax rates temporarily increased for one year as the levy swap began. The state schools levy increased $0.91 per $1,000 of assessed value.

In 2019, the local Battle Ground Public Schools levy was capped at $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value (a $1.95 drop from the 2018 rate) by the Washington State Legislature. The state levy decreased by 32 cents for one year.

For 2020, the Washington State Legislature raised the cap on local school district levies to $2.50 per $1,000 of assessed value. At this rate, Battle Ground Public Schools will collect less than voters approved. For the calendar year 2020, the voter-approved levy amount would have been $34.93 million at a projected tax rate of $3.66 before the cap. With the cap, the district will collect $29.5 million in 2020. Read more about the district’s 2019-20 budget.

These tax rate 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.
  • Property tax exemptions are available for qualifying senior citizens/disabled persons. Visit the Clark County Assessor’s Office website for more information.
  • 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.


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