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Fife School District No. 417

Proposition No. 2
Replacement Capital Projects Technology Levy

The Board of Directors of Fife School District No. 417 adopted Resolution No. 21-21 concerning a replacement levy for capital technology levies. If approved, Proposition No. 2 will authorize the District to levy the following excess taxes on all taxable property within the District to fund acquisition of educational technology, equipment and training, including classroom computers:








Rate per $1,000

Assessed Value























as provided in Resolution No. 21-21. Should Proposition No. 2 be approved?



Passage of Proposition No. 2 would allow the levy of $2,000,000 in property taxes within Fife School District No. 417 for collection in 2023, the levy of $2,100,000 for collection in 2024, the levy of $2,250,000 for collection in 2025, the levy of $2,400,000 for collection in 2026, the levy of $2,550,000 for collection in 2027, and the levy of $2,700,000 for collection in 2028.  In accordance with Resolution No. 21-21 approving this proposition, these taxes would be collected over six years and deposited in the District’s Capital Projects Fund to pay for expanded student and teacher access through one-to-one computer devices, updated and expanded learning software with more interactive technologies, staff training and implementation support, technology infrastructure improvements districtwide including replacement of outdated computers, and districtwide technology improvements for more effective teaching and learning.  If authorized by the voters, and based on projected assessed valuation information, estimated levy rates per $1,000 of assessed value would be $0.34 (2023 collection); $0.34 (2024 collection); $0.34 (2025 collection); $0.34 (2026 collection), $0.34 (2027 collection), $0.34 (2028 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.


Yes! On Prop. 2 - Up-to-date tools for Teaching and Learning Proposition 2 will make system upgrades in all neighborhood schools to student and classroom technology, and replace outdated student computers. This levy helps prepare students for their future in college and the workplace; a world of digital technology and information. It will provide students with immediate access to digital resources, essential to their success in the 21st century.

Yes! On Prop. 2 - Technology Provides Equity and Access for Every Student, Every Day This levy will help Fife Public Schools provide all students with access to updated computers and instructional technology, and expand computer-based curriculum.  Students will be able to collaborate and create in unprecedented ways.

Yes! On Prop. 2 - This is Not a Tax Increase - Replacement of an Expiring Technology This levy will cost an estimated $.34 cents per thousand of assessed home value per year. This amount is comparable to the previous technology levy, and is Not projected to increase each year!


Submitted by: Jessica Connaway, Jen Kiaune,

These cap levy items 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,

Your Yes vote will provide funding for our students and teachers to have continued access to student devices, classroom technology, software, and infrastructure. Your Yes vote will ensure our kids have access to the current technologies they need to learn, compete and succeed in a global economy.  Providing up to date technology for every student is essential! Don’t be mislead.  Please learn the facts and go to

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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