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King County

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 Board of Directors of Seattle School District No. 1 is proposing a three-year replacement levy to continue funding education programs not supported 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.

Proposition No. 1 seeks to close that gap to pay for nurses, counselors, and custodians, as well as 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. The Board of Directors of 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 district's 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Our students deserve better than overcrowded and outdated schools.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 increased 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 $606 per year. Vote YES to ensure every student in Renton has the tools and resources they need to thrive!

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