1. The EP&O and Technology levies account for 23% of the Bainbridge Island School District’s operating budget. To lose this funding would dramatically change public education on Bainbridge.
2. Strong schools mean a strong, vital community and robust property values.
3. The EP&O Levy touches all areas of BISD programming, including teacher salaries, utilities, special education, student activities and transportation, among others.
4. Technology funded by the Tech Levy is integral to curriculum, classroom operations and students’ education.
5. Washington state is not fully funding education. BISD relies on local taxpayer support to fill the gap between what the state funds and the true cost of educating students.
6. The levies do not represent new taxes; they renew the current levies that expire at the end of 2017.
7. BISD has a strong credit rating and is a good financial steward.
8. Without the Tech Levy, funds would be diverted from the general fund (which covers operational expenses such as staffing, power and transportation) to pay for technology expenses.
9. Bainbridge Island voters have a strong history of supporting public school education.
10. Funding high-quality public education is a civic responsibility and an investment in our community’s future – whether or not you have kids in the school district.
Please vote YES to renew the EP&O Levy and the Tech Levy.
Ballots must be postmarked by February 14 or dropped in the ballot box (located next to the BISD offices at 8489 Madison Ave NE) by 8 p.m. on February 14.
For more information, including details about the proposed tax rates for the levy renewals, visit BIPSS.org. To endorse the levies, click here.
—Bainbridge Island Public Schools Supporters, BIPSS.org