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Kent School District No. 415

Proposition No. 1
General Obligation Bonds - $495,000,000

The Board of Directors of Kent School District No. 415 approved Resolution No. 1634 concerning this proposition for bonds. This proposition would authorize the District to make District-wide safety, security and ADA improvements; modernize elementary schools for pre-K education; repair, remodel and upgrade school and administrative buildings, HVAC and building systems and technology; replace and install playgrounds, athletic facilities and sports fields; and expand operations facilities, by issuing $495,000,000 of general obligation bonds maturing within 21 years; and to levy excess property taxes annually to repay the bonds, as described in Resolution No. 1634.

Should this proposition be approved?



Passage of Proposition 1 would allow Kent School District to finance critical facility needs by issuing bonds.  If voters approve this proposition, the District will use the bond proceeds to make Districtwide safety and security improvements, including upgrades to access control, communication systems, alarm systems, security camera replacements, ADA improvements, reader boards and increased space for counseling services at middle schools. The District will also use bond proceeds to modernize elementary schools to accommodate pre-K education, and to repair, remodel, and upgrade school and administrative buildings Districtwide, including improvements to HVAC, technology, boilers, roofs and interior and exterior paint. In addition, the District will upgrade all parking lot lights, improve outdoor facilities at all school sites, including inclusive playgrounds at our elementary schools, new field buildings, upgrades to bleachers and synthetic fields at secondary sites.


The bonds will be repaid from annual property taxes over a period not to exceed 21 years. The District expects tax rates to decrease in 2023 as property values increase.  The District anticipates the total tax rate for all levies (operating, capital/technology and bonds) will decrease approximately $0.29 per $1,000 of assessed value from $3.81 in 2022 to $3.52 in 2023 and 2024, the first year of collection on the bonds. The effect of lower rates will vary depending on growth in value of individual properties. Please consult the District’s website for the anticipated tax impacts associated with Proposition No. 1. Exemptions from taxes may be available, call King County Department of Assessments (206) 296-3920.

We invite you to vote yes! Bond funds are essential, ensuring our schools are safe, equipped with modern facilities and technology that will provide students with the best possible education. Approving this bond, we invest in major repairs, replacements, and upgrades throughout the district, creating an environment that is conducive to learning for students and staff.

Funding goes towards addressing important health and safety concerns in our schools, such as upgrading HVAC systems, improving air quality, and enhancing school security measures. It will also provide necessary facility improvements, such as roofing repairs and upgrades, flooring replacements, and energy-efficient windows and lighting systems. The district has worked hard to minimize the financial impact on homeowners,  the cost for the average homeowner will be less than a few dollars per day. We owe it to ourselves and to future generations to make this investment in our community's future.

Let's come together as a community and vote "yes" on this Bond. Together, we can ensure that our schools are safe, modern, and equipped with the latest technology to provide our youth with the education they deserve. Vote yes, invest in our future and create an environment that fosters growth and success for all.

Submitted by: Dee Klem, Alan Sutliff, Brooke Valentine,

The Kent School District Bond Election is nothing more than a socialist power grab by left-wing bureaucrats who want to take more of your hard-earned money and use it to fund their pet projects. Bureaucrats do not care about struggling families or the risks of mismanagement and waste. They just want to expand their power and control over our education system, and impose their liberal agenda in schools.  The government has no business dictating how our children are educated, and we should not be forced to fund their pet projects.


We must stand up to these left-wing radicals and demand accountability for every penny they spend. We must remind them that our money belongs to us, not to the government, and that we will not be silenced. We must vote no on this bloated, Big Government bond, sending a message to the socialist bureaucrats that their days of wasting our money are numbered.


Send a message to bureaucrats that we will not be intimidated. We will not stand by as our hard-earned money is wasted on their socialist schemes. Vote no on this wasteful, liberal agenda bond, and continue to fight for our values and our freedoms.


Submitted by: Robert Shane,

It’s important to note that projections show a stable or lower overall tax rate after the approval of this bond. Bonds cannot exceed the cap set by the voters even if home values increase which ensures that taxes and bond sales are controlled and within the limits set by the community. This bond is a huge value for our entire community with a stable tax rate while allowing for the improvement of our school buildings.


Submitted by: Dee Klem, Alan Sutliff, Brooke Valentine,

No statement submitted.

60% majority and minimum turnout of 40% of voters casting ballots in last general election (Washington Constitution, art. VII, sec. 2(b))

For questions about this measure, contact: Dr. Wade Barringer, Associate Superintendent, (253) 373-7001,

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