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Fife School District No. 417

Proposition No. 1
Replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy

The Board of Directors of Fife School District No. 417 adopted Resolution No. 21-20 concerning a replacement levy for education. If approved, Proposition No. 1 will authorize the District to levy the following excess taxes, replacing an expiring levy, on all taxable property within the District, to fund education programs and school operations not funded, or not fully funded, by the State’s statutory program:








Rate per $1,000 of

Assessed Value

















as provided in Resolution No. 21-20. Should Proposition No. 1 be approved?



Passage of Proposition No. 1 would replace an expiring levy and allow the levy of $10,593,000 in property taxes within Fife School District for collection in 2023, the levy of $11,017,000 for collection in 2024, the levy of $11,458,000  for collection in 2025, and the levy of $12,145,000  for collection in 2026.  In accordance with Resolution No. 21-20 approving this proposition, these taxes would be deposited in the Fife School District’s General Fund to pay part of the general expenses of operating the District which are not fully funded by the state.  General expenses include employee costs (such as salaries), instructional materials, special programs, activities and sports, transportation costs, maintenance of facilities and other non-capital expenses of operating the District schools.  If authorized by the voters, and based on projected assessed valuation information, estimated levy rates per $1,000 of assessed value would be $1.81 (2023 collection), $1.77 (2024 collection), $1.74 (2025 collection), and $1.74 (2026 collection).  The exact levy rate shall be adjusted based upon the actual assessed value of the property within the District at the time of the levy.


Exemptions from taxes may be available to certain homeowners.  To determine if you qualify, call your county assessor.

To maintain high quality education for our children, the Citizens for Fife/Milton Schools is asking our community to support the Educational Programs and Operations replacement levy for 2023 to 2026 by voting “Yes” for Proposition 1.


The current levy expires in 2022. This replacement levy continues long-standing local community support to ensure the success of our students and schools.  This replacement levy provides the lowest tax rates in the area.


Your “Yes” vote is so important. Your “Yes” vote will continue funding additional teachers and classified staff to keep class sizes small.  Your “Yes” vote will support special student programs, instructional materials, student safety, and transportation; your “Yes” vote will provide maintenance, grounds, and custodial services to ensure longevity of our schools.  Your “Yes” vote will continue funding athletics, the arts, and extracurricular activities.


Our children are counting on your “Yes” vote. This levy will continue the resources and educational programs and services our children and community deserve.  Please vote “Yes” for the Educational Programs and Operations replacement levy.


Submitted by: Jessica Connaway, Jen Kiaune,

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 $197,740 with a high of $292,386. Median teacher compensation is at $129,220 up 35% 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,

Please learn the facts.  Levies provide local funding for much needed student programs and services not provided by the state. Our current levy is expiring.  This replacement levy is absolutely essential to maintain programs! Your school district is asking for millions less from our local citizens because of the McCleary decision. Please join us in voting Yes for this replacement levy to continue supporting all students.  Get accurate information about this levy at


Submitted by: Jessica Connaway, Jen Kiaune,

In 2019-2020, per pupil expenditures (including capital outlays and interest on debt) for the district were already at $18,000. 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: Kari Harris, Assistant Superintendent, Business Services, (253) 517-1000,

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