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School ELECTION: February 12th, 2019

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School District Ballot Issues

Depending on where you live, you may be voting on the below school district ballot measures.

Seattle Public Schools

Seattle School District Proposition #1

Vote YES for Seattle Schools

YES
The Seattle School District No. 1 is proposing a replacement levy to continue funding education programs not funded by the state for 53,000 Seattle students. The Legislature recently changed school funding formulas to increase state funding and reduce local levies. However, state funding falls short of students' needs. For instance, the state provided funding for 9 school nurses while the district employs 63 nurses, barely one for every 1,000 students.

Proposition No. 1 seeks to close that gap to pay for nurses, counselors, custodians, and special education for 7,000 students. It would levy funds at $1.05 per $1,000 of assessed property value in 2020 and decline to $0.87 in 2022. The owner of a median $728,000 home would pay approximately $749 per year. Vote YES on Proposition No. 1 to give our Seattle teachers and students the resources they need to thrive!

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Seattle School District Proposition #2

Vote YES for Critical Safety Upgrades to Seattle Schools

YES
Seattle is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country and many schools are struggling to keep up with surging enrollments. Seattle School District No. 1 is seeking approval of a capital levy to fund the Excellence Program V to increase school capacity and implement important earthquake safety projects, renovations, and major maintenance. If passed, Proposition 2 would build space for 1,908 more students and eliminate 76 portables from schools. In addition, the capital levy would replace or modernize eight of the districts oldest schools, including Rainier Beach High School and Northgate Elementary. This important 6-year proposal would replace an expiring levy at the rate of $0.90 per $1,000 assessed home value in 2020 and decline to $0.56 in 2025, costing the owner of a median $728,000 home $655 per year.

Our students deserve better than overcrowded and outdated schools. Vote YES on the Seattle School District's Proposition No. 2!

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Renton School District No. 403

Renton School District Proposition #1

Vote YES to Expand and Upgrade Renton Schools

YES
Renton School District No. 403 is seeking to pass Proposition No. 1 for the improvement of school infrastructure in the district. Enrollment in Renton schools has icnreased by more than 2,200 students over the last 10 years, which has left many schools overcrowded/ The proposition would fund construction of a new elementary school in the Hazen Feeder Area as well as district-wide building, accessibility, and security improvements. This $249 million bond would be financed through a reduced property tax rate of $3.52 per $1,000 of assessed property value. Vote YES to help Renton schools keep up with our rapidly growing population!

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Renton School District Proposition #2

Vote YES for Renton Schools

YES
Renton School District No. 403 has proposed a replacement levy to continue funding education expenses not covered by the state. This measure covers expenses for important programs like music, drama, athletics, and hands-on welding and construction instruction. Proposition No. 2 would maintain a property tax of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value, costing the owner of a median $404,000 home approximately $696 per year. Vote YES to ensure every student in Renton has the tools and resources they need to thrive!

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Vancouver Public Schools

Vancouver School District Proposition #3

Vote YES for Vancouver Schools

YES
The Vancouver School District No. 37 is proposing a 4-year replacement levy to continue funding education programs not funded by the state. Proposition No. 3 would maintain the current levy at $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed taxable property within the district to replace the expiring levy. This existing property tax would raise an average of $36 million per year for basic school operations like textbooks and staff. The owner of a median $347,000 home would continue to pay $520 per year. Vote yes on Proposition No. 1 so that our students can continue to thrive in Vancouver schools!

Vancouver School District Proposition #4

Vote YES For Technology Improvements for Vancouver Schools

YES
Vancouver School District No. 37 has proposed a 6-year levy to update technology and software for students as well as digital training for teachers. Proposition No. 4 would collect an average of $8 million per year through a property tax of $0.32 per $1,000 of assessed value in 2020 that drops to $0.30 in 2024. This measure would be invalided if voters reject Proposition 3. The owner of a median $347,000 home would pay an average of $70 per year. Vote yes on Proposition 4 to ensure all students have the digital tools and training they need for 21st century jobs and civic life!

Bethel School District No. 403

Bethel School District Proposition #1

Vote YES to Expand Bethel Schools

YES
Pierce County is the fastest growing county in the United States, but our schools haven't been able to keep with growth. Bethel's student population has grown 1,800 students since the last new schools were opened in 2009, with another 3,000 students enrolling in the next decade.

The Bethel School District No. 403 is seeking to approve Proposition No. 1 to fund construction projects to help our schools grow. If approved, the proposition would fund the construction of a new high school to replace Bethel High, construct two new elementary schools; renovate and expand Cedarcrest Middle, Challenger High, Graham Kapowsin High, Evergreen Elementary, Naches Trail Elementary, and Elk Plain K-8, as well as make district-wide health, safety, security, and other improvements.

Even with the passage of this proposition, taxpayers are expected to see a tax savings of $384 per year for a $297,000 home compared to 2018. The District estimates a 2020 tax rate for this bond of $1.42 per $1,000 of assessed value. The state with match the $443 million bond with about $135 million to help complete the projects.

Help Bethel School District continue to provide our students with outstanding opportunities to learn by voting YES Proposition No. 1!

Kennewick Schools

Kennewick School School District Proposition #1

Vote YES to Expand and Upgrade Kennewick Schools

YES
Kennewick School District No. 17 has proposed a $125 million bond to build and renovate numerous outdated and overcrowded school buildings. The levy would replace or expand buildings at Kennewick, Kamiakin, and Southridge high Amistad and Ridge view elementary schools, as well as financing construction of an entirely new elementary school. The estimated property tax levy of $0.30 per $1,000 of assessed value would cost the owner of a median $285,000 home $86 per year. Overall, property taxes are still expected to decrease significantly after changes to the state's education tax formulas. Vote yes to ensure that every Kennewick student has a safe and modern building in which to learn!

Bainbridge Schools

Bainbridge School District Proposition #1

Vote YES to Upgrade Bainbridge Schools

YES
Bainbridge School District No. 303 has proposed a six-year levy to raise $2.5 million per year building and maintenance. The levy would replace the Bainbridge High School 100 building and making roofing, plumbing, heating, air conditioning, energy conservation, and security improvements at seven other schools. The estimated property tax levy of $0.30 per $1,000 of assessed value would cost the owner of a median $831,000 home $249 per year. Vote yes to ensure that Bainbridge Island's schools given every student a safe and healthy environment to succeed!

Bremerton Schools

Bremerton School District Proposition #1

Vote YES to Upgrade Bremerton Schools

YES
Bremerton School District No. 100-C has proposed a one-year levy to raise $7.6 million for capital projects. The district would use the funds to implement security upgrades, repair roofing, upgrade heating and air conditioning system, and other essential maintenance projects. The estimated $3.19 property tax per $1,000 of assessed value would cost the owner of a median $298,000 home approximately $950. Vote yes on Proposition 1 to ensure all Bremerton students have safe and comfortable facilities where they have the best opportunity to learn!

Evergreen Schools

Evergreen School District Proposition #4

Vote YES to Upgrade Evergreen Schools

YES
Our students deserve the best possible opportunity to succeed, and Proposition No. 4 seeks to provide those opportunities through a technology project levy. This six-year levy provides funding for updated technology, software, and digital learning tools for classrooms in all schools at a rate of $0.37 per $1,000 in assessed value. Vote yes on Proposition No. 4 to give the students of the Evergreen School District the digital education they need to thrive in school and beyond.