Prop 2 Nov 2019 general election did not pass, Camas voters saved

$78 M Bond +Interest cost   $~29,295,060 M = Total $107,295,060

based on Levy Options 7-15 public record


Mayor and Council actions

  See meeting schedules, agendas and related documents   City code requires trees to be planted in street planter strips in some areas.Trees mature and cause sidewalks to break and raise, which is a tripping hazard, then property owners are required to pay for repairs. At the Nov 18 City Council meeting, city councilors approved a grant application for a road and sidewalk repair. One of the pictures shown to the city council  for the grant was a sidewalk pictured with a raised section that is a tripping hazard due to a mature tree planted in a street strip next to the sidewalk. Hopefully the council will consider changing the code that requires the trees that crack  the sidewalks that require repair.  See details on the Issues page.

Camas School Board votes to Raise local enrichment tax levy by $.65 per $1000 assessed property value(APV),  in spite of State added part 2 sales tax.


2020 is the final year taxpayers will pay that bond tax according to the City of Camas. It was about a 20-year bond.

In 2017, a 20-year school bond began that will not “expire” or drop off in 2021.


Camas School voters narrowly approved a 20-year $120 Million school bond. Taxpayers will continue to pay this school bond tax for years. The school bond’s rate is projected to decrease by $1.32 in 2021 as per the school property tax graph below. The school district graph shows  part of the increase to  the local levy, $.65 per $1000 APV in 2020, which the Camas school board voted to do in November 2019. According to the chart below, the school board is projected to increase the local enrichment levy by  $.35 more per $ $1000 APV in 2021.

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According to the Washington Policy Center,

" In 2017 state lawmakers of both parties joined together and passed a historic bill to provide schools with the greatest funding increase in Washington state history. This bill, HB 2242, was the Legislature’s final resolution of the state Supreme Court’s 2012 McCleary decision, and the latest in a six-year series of higher taxes and more funding to schools. The courts approved this bill in June of 2018, and ended the McCleary case.  

The Washington state legislature has met the constitutional standard of “ample funding” for education, and today every public school across the state receives more money than ever before.

HB 2242 made two important changes in school funding policy. First, the bill raised the state property tax from $1.89 to $2.70 per thousand dollars of assessed value, a heavy tax increase that greatly boosted state funding for all schools. Second, lawmakers imposed a lid on local levies of $1.50 per thousand of assessed value to provide a measure of relief to home and business owners who were hit with the large state tax increase. 

At the time, lawmakers recognized the increase in the state property tax would be very difficult for many families to pay, so they promised to reduce local levy taxes with the $1.50 cap. The other reason legislators imposed the $1.50 lid on local levies was to respond to the McCleary court’s mandate that lawmakers reduce reliance on local levies and lower inequities in school funding across the state."  For full report see link: School funding in the 2019 legislative session;

In 2018, State School funding dramatically increased.  State and local school funding was approximately 66% of the property tax bill.