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Renton School District No. 403

Proposition No. 2 
Replacement Capital Levy to Renovate School Facilities 

The Board of Directors of Renton School District No. 403 adopted Resolution No. 03-21/22, concerning a proposition for a replacement levy for capital improvements. This proposition would authorize the District to levy the following excess taxes, replacing an expiring levy, on all taxable property within the District, to renovate, modernize and improve existing school facilities and continue funding instructional technology equipment, infrastructure and improvements: 

Collection Year

Estimated Levy
Assessed Value

Levy Amount

2023 $0.91 $30,000,000
2024 $0.87 $30,000,000
2025 $0.85 $30,000,000
2026 $0.82 $30,000,000


all as provided in Resolution No. 03-21/22. Should this proposition be approved?



Passage of Proposition No. 2 would authorize Renton School District to replace an existing levy for renovation of school facilities that will expire at the end of calendar year 2022.  The proposed replacement capital levy authorizes the District to pay costs to renovate, modernize, improve and upgrade existing school facilities, including, but not limited to: (1) making health, safety, security, energy efficiency, educational, athletic and infrastructure improvements; and (2) acquiring land and interests in land as sites for new and expanded facilities of the District.


The proposed replacement capital levy will also continue funding instructional technology equipment, infrastructure and improvements, including, but not limited to: (1) acquiring, installing, implementing and modernizing instructional technology equipment, infrastructure, systems and facilities; and (2) making other improvements and upgrades to the District’s technology systems and facilities.


The proposed four-year capital levy would authorize collection of taxes to provide $30,000,000 each year from 2023 through and including 2026.  The tax levy rate required to produce these levy amounts is estimated to be $0.91 per $1,000 of assessed value in 2023, $0.87 in 2024, $0.85 in 2025, and $0.82 in 2026.  Further information is available at the District’s website at  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. 

At least the tech items in this levy should come out of the General Fund. If salaries were not so bloated this would be possible.


These levies should be rejected. There should be no tax measures whatsoever on the ballot in February. February is the lowest voter turnout election of the year. Understandably. Most citizens are just learning that there are levies to vote on - again. We just had the holidays. Citizens have voting fatigue. And, importantly, citizens won't even receive their property tax bills for the year until a month later in March. How convenient.


In the interest of high voter participation, these important, large tax measures (which affect all property owners and renters in their rents) should be only on the November Election. It is irresponsible for the district to propose property tax measures a month before voters see their property tax bills.


The state will never be able to fulfill its constitutional obligation of fully-funding schools so long as local districts are allowed to spend more than the ample provision the state provides. Until that changes, citizens need to reject these local levies like the ones before you today. More details at

Submitted by: Jeff Heckathorn,

Voting Yes for the Capital Technology Levy will fill gaps in state funding in order to provide the high-quality learning environments and classroom technology that support student success and prepare students for the jobs of the future. This measure is not a new tax and your approval won’t increase tax rates. In fact, our tax rates will likely decline as they have since 2016. Learn more at

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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