Legislature passes levy lid tax rules for schools

first_imgOLYMPIA — Washington lawmakers reached a deal to lift the state’s “levy lid” in a late vote Sunday, blunting a tightening of limits on voter-approved local taxes for schools that was set to take effect this year.The district-specific tax measures — or levies — have long been used by schools to supplement state allowances for programs ranging from extracurricular activities to special education, but a state-dictated maximum had been set to decrease.Legislators in the Senate voted 25-23 Sunday to avoid much of the decrease, following a lengthy back-and-forth over where exactly to set the limit and other details. It had earlier passed the House, part of a late-night set of budget deals in the last hours of the legislative session.The state schools superintendent endorsed raising the limit, also known as the “levy lid,” and school officials said it would help avert a funding crisis.“I’m very pleased with the way the levy bill worked out,” said Gov. Jay Inslee at a press conference after the Legislature adjourned for the year.last_img read more