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Federal Way School District No. 210

Proposition No. 1
Replacement Technology (Capital Projects) Levy

The Board of Directors of Federal Way Public School No. 210 adopted Resolution No. 2021-27 concerning this proposition. This proposition authorizes the District to continue funding instructional technology modernization, including classroom computers; acquisition, installation and management of technology systems; provide related training, and authorizes excess levies in place of an expiring levy upon all taxable property within the District:








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all as specified in Resolution No. 2021-27. Should this proposition be approved?



Passage of Proposition No. 1 allows the Federal Way School District to replace an expiring technology capital projects levy.  Approval of this proposition will enable Federal Way School District to sustain and enhance technology services with emphasis on student technology devices and access, teacher devices and professional development, classroom presentation stations, and infrastructure upgrades.

Additionally, the technology capital projects levy funds costs associated with implementing technology systems, facilities and projects including acquiring and installing hardware and related technology infrastructure, licensing software and online applications, and training related to the integration of these products and services, and other necessary equipment and support services.  These areas of technology focus will continue to support the development of student’s 21st Century Skills, including communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.

If approved, this levy would allow the levy of $4,400,000 in property taxes within Federal Way School District for collection each year in 2023 and 2024, and the levy of $4,800,000 for collection each year in 2025 through 2028, inclusive, and based on projected assessed valuation information, estimated levy rates per $1,000 of assessed value would be $0.20 (2023 collection), $0.19 (2024 collection), $0.20 (2025 collection), $0.19 (2026 collection), $0.18 (2027 collection), and $0.17 (2028 collection).

This levy sets a maximum dollar amount for collection (voter authority).  Legal collection authority may be less depending on the actual assessed valuation.

Exemptions from taxes may be available to certain homeowners.  To determine if you qualify, call the King County Assessor at 206-296-7300.

Approval of this replacement levy provides continued student technology access – supporting student devices, teacher devices and professional development, and infrastructure and software maintenance and upgrades.  This levy allows a periodic refresh of laptops and other classroom devices, and supports continual network and data security updates necessary in today’s technology world.


The State’s financial support of K-12 technology (less than $150 a student) continues to be inadequate to meet the needs of our students and District.  This levy supports classrooms being interactive learning spaces where educators and students can engage and collaborate for today and tomorrow, helping prepare students to succeed in an increasingly digitized economy.  Without your support, FWPS will be unable to meet these important needs.


Federal Way Public Schools was fortunate to receive additional laptops during the pandemic to provide remote access for students, families and staff.  This one-time infusion of laptops does allow the District to offer our voters a six-year renewal levy without a significant increase in the levy amount.


Vote Yes!  By supporting this replacement technology levy you are continuing an investment in our classrooms that our students and educators can depend on for the next six years!


Submitted by: Gregory Baruso,

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 Federal Way SD district administrators, the median total compensation was $182,000 with a high of over $500,000 while 65% of students are from low income families. As of 2019-2020, total spending per pupil (including capital outlays and interest on debt) is over $17,500. That's more than tuition at most private schools.


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


Nearly all districts, FWSD included, 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,

Technology skills are essential for today’s workforce. Now more than ever, students must have equitable access to technology in school to succeed after graduation. The Tech levy is not new to voters in Federal Way. It’s been supported since 2004, and this support laid the foundation required to pivot to remote learning when schools across the state closed suddenly in March 2020. Voter approval continues FWPS’s ability to effectively teach 21st century skills.  Vote Yes!


Submitted by: Gregory Baruso,

In 2019-2020, per pupil expenditures (including capital outlays and interest on debt) for the district were already at $17,905. 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: Ashley Murphy, CFO, (253) 397-0931,

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