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TTSD Local Option Levy Renewal would continue funding for teachers, programs

The Tigard-Tualatin School District’s Local Option Renewal is on the Nov. 6 Ballot.  

It would continue the existing levy originally approved by voters in 2000 and renewed in 2004, 2008 and 2014.  

 It is not a new or additional tax.  

 It would:

            - Continue funding for approximately 100 teachers who work in classrooms throughout the district;

            - Help maintain classroom programs those teachers provide;

            - Protect class sizes supported by the current levy;

            - Supplement state funding to maintain local school services. 

 If approved, the renewal would continue the existing levy rate (which cannot exceed $1 per $1,000 of assessed value) for another five years.  It is estimated to raise $9.4M in 2020-21.

 Local Option funding, combined with conservative financial decisions, enabled Tigard-Tualatin to be one of the few districts in Oregon that did not cut school days during the most recent recession.

 The Local Option is different from the bond measure that was approved by Tigard-Tualatin voters in 2016.   Bond measures fund school construction and renovations.  Bond dollars cannot be used to pay for classroom teachers.   The Local Option provides funding for classroom teachers.