Bonds are generally for building new schools and facilities, renovating existing buildings or purchasing land for future schools. Bonds are paid over 15 to 20 years and typically fund larger projects. Bonds require a 60 percent supermajority approval from voters to pass.
Levies are generally for learning, which means levy money is used to support student learning. Depending on the type of levy, it may pay for computers, curriculum, a portion of staff salaries, Capital improvements or maintaining day to day operations. The funds are collected in portions throughout the levy term, which is typically four or six years. Levies bridge the gap of state funding and the true cost of operating a school district. Levies require a 50 percent simple majority approval from voters to pass.
Learn more about the differences between bonds and levies and what they can and can't be used for. Watch this four-minute video by NW Educational Service District 189.