What's the difference between a bond and a levy? 

A Simple Way to Remember Is That Bonds = Building and Levies = Learning 

Bonds help pay for new buildings and the remodel of buildings and levy dollars allow the district to provide programs and services that otherwise would not be funded through state and federal funding.

CPPS Bond & Levy History 

College Place voters have a history of supporting our bonds and levies. Bonds require a 60% voter approval to pass and levies require a 50% voter approval to pass. 

Year Type Percent Yes 
2018 Operations Levy - 4 Years 60.28%
2018 Safety & Technology Levy - 4 Years 58.15% 
2018 Transportation Levy - 2 Years 59.07%
2014 Operations Levy - 4 Years 62.92%
2012 Bond 61.82% 
2010 Operations Levy - 4 Years 65.59% 
2006 Operations Levy - 4 Years 58.53% 

February 2020 Proposed Levy 

The College Place Public School Board of Directors voted unanimously to propose a two-year excess levy to support the District’s Transportation Fund in December. 

The levy would replace the expiring 2 year Transportation Levy that was approved in 2018. The levy will support the growing transportation needs in the district. This is the same levy, at the same amount, providing the same support for College Place kids!

Transportation Levy Fast Facts

  • The rate is the same as the previous levy. 
  • This is a levy replacement. The state only allows the District to run Transportation levies every 2 years. 
  • Levy an excess tax of approximately $0.10 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, to provide an aggregate amount of $120,000, in 2020, as part of the taxes to be collected in 2021.
  • Levy an excess tax of approximately $0.10 per $1,000 of assessed valuation, to provide an aggregate amount of $120,000, in 2021, as part of the taxes to be collected in 2022.
  • Funds will be used solely for the purpose of purchasing school buses to support the transport of students to and from school and extracurricular activities.
  • CPPS has experienced a 12% increase in ridership over the past 3 school years.
  • CPPS has experienced a 21% increase in enrollment over the past 3 school years.
  • The addition of ECEAP/Developmental Preschool and the number of students who need special bus accommodations has grown over the last 3 school years.
  • Student enrollment growth has led to the increase of extracurricular activities at the middle and high school. creating a demand for more buses for events. 
  • The state uses a formula to fund school transportation. Due to our rapid growth, the state funding is not keeping up with our need for more buses.

CLICK HERE to Download the Levy Flyer (English & Spanish)

CLICK HERE to view the Transportation Levy Q&A

The special election will be conducted by mail ballot. Ballots will be mailed on January 22, 2020. The election date is February 11, 2020. 

REGISTER TO VOTE Online and mail by February 3, 2020
February 11: Register to vote in person by 8 p.m. on Election Day at the County Elections Office.