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Renton School District No. 403

Proposition No. 1 
Replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy 

The Board of Directors of Renton School District No. 403 adopted Resolution No. 02-21/22 concerning a proposition for a replacement levy for education. This proposition would authorize the District to levy the following excess taxes, replacing an expiring levy, on all taxable property within the District, for educational programs and operations expenses not funded by the State: 

Collection Year

Estimated Levy
Assessed Value

Levy Amount

2023 $1.25 $41,236,226
2024 $1.22 $41,896,005
2025 $1.23 $43,272,122
2026 $1.21 $44,093,427

all as provided in Resolution No. 02-21/22 and subject to legal limits on levy rates and amounts at the time of levy. Should this proposition be approved?



Passage of Proposition No. 1 would allow the Renton School District to replace an existing educational programs and operations levy that will expire at the end of calendar year 2022.  The taxes collected by this replacement levy will be used to pay expenses of educational programs and operations that are not fully funded by the State of Washington, including, but not limited to, middle and high school athletics/activities programs, class size reduction, supplemental transportation, summer school and after school extracurricular activities, elementary music and art programs,  curriculum, special education, and maintenance and operations programs outside of basic education funding, food service, safety, school counseling, social emotional supports, and administrative support.  Further information is available on the District’s website at

The proposed four-year replacement educational programs and operation tax levy would authorize collection of taxes to provide up to $41,236,226 in 2023, $41,896,005 in 2024, $43,272,122 in 2025, and $44,093,427 in 2026.  The tax levy rate required to produce these levy amounts is estimated to be $1.25 in 2023, $1.22 in 2024, $1.23 in 2025, and $1.21 in 2026 (estimated levy rate per $1,000 of assessed value). The exact tax levy rate and amount to be collected may be adjusted based upon the actual assessed value of the taxable property within the District and the limitations imposed by State law at the time of the tax levy.  Exemptions from taxes may be available to certain homeowners.  For more information, call the King County Department of Assessments, 206.296.3920.

No statement submitted. 

In 2018, the McCleary Decision was promised to be a levy swap. Instead, state school property taxes increased dramatically and local school taxes never went away and are again spiraling out of control.


For 2020-2021, for the district's administrators, the median total compensation was $209,794 with a high of $455,169. Median teacher compensation is at $126,270 up 26% in the last 3 years - multiple times inflation.


The argument that this levy is for a certain few duty types is disingenuous and heartless at best. The district complains that this levy fills the gap left from state legislators. The legislators are correct in saying no to the district. Local voters should do the same.


Nearly all districts try to just focus on how our property tax rates will remain nearly flat as if that has or will do us any favors. A flat tax rate multiplied by skyrocketing assessed property values equals skyrocketing taxes in dollars (paid for by property owners and renters in their rents). Please provide your input and vote. More details at,


Submitted by: Jeff Heckathorn,

Voting Yes February 8 is our opportunity to show support to our hard-working teachers and support staff. Join your neighbors in renewing our commitment so All students have the opportunity to succeed in school. This is Not a new tax; it replaces the current levy that expires this year. Even with your approval, our tax rates will likely continue to decline as they have since 2016. Visit Renton Schools website for details:

Submitted by: Ray Kusumi, Pam Teal, Jacqueline Connell,

In 2019-2020, per pupil expenditures (including capital outlays and interest on debt) for the district were already at $19,742. That's above tuition and books at many universities let alone most private K-12 schools. 

In 2018, because of the McCleary Decision, state legislators pumped billions more dollars into our public schools, largely from increased property taxes. There is no amount of money monopoly school districts will be satisfied with. Citizens are crying uncle. Enough!


Submitted by: Jeff Heckathorn,

Simple majority (Wash. Const. art. VII, sec. 2(a))

For questions about this measure, contact: Fred R. Maiocco, Jr., Assistant Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer, (425) 204-2361,

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