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Auburn School District No. 408

Proposition No. 1
Replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy

The Board of Directors of Auburn School District adopted Resolution No. 1387 authorizing a replacement educational programs and operations levy. This proposition authorizes the District to levy the following excess taxes, to replace an expiring levy on all taxable property within the District to maintain and support the District’s educational programs and operations, that are not funded or not fully funded by the State:


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all as provided in Resolution No. 1387. Should this proposition be approved?




Passage of Proposition No. 1 would allow the levy of $51,841,820 in property taxes within Auburn School District No. 408 for collection in 2025, the levy of $54,433,911 for collection in 2026, the levy of $57,155,606 for collection in 2027, and the levy of $60,013,386 for collection in 2028. Passage would fund educational programs, including all athletics and activities, staffing for school resource officers, family engagement, school psychologists, safety officers, health techs and nurses; special education programs including staffing and specialized support for students; and extended learning opportunities for students, which are not funded or fully funded by the State. In accordance with Resolution No. 1387 approving this proposition, these taxes would be collected over four years and used for the district educational program and operations to replace the expiring levy. If authorized by the voters, and based on projected assessed valuation information, estimated levy rates per $1,000 of assessed value would be $2.50 (2025 collection); $2.50 (2026 collection); $2.50 (2027 collection); and $2.50 (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.


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



We urge a Yes vote for renewal of the Educational Program & Operations Replacement Levy. This levy renewal funds services and activities not paid for by the state: $12 million for special education, All athletics and activities, Junior Olympics and Camp Auburn, just to name a few.


Levy renewal does Not increase your tax rates. School administration’s prudent fiscal management, retiring debt, and on-time and on-budget construction demonstrate accountability to district voters.


District voters have time and again demonstrated overwhelming support for school funding; we ask you to again invest in the instruction and programming that produced the excellent district-wide learning outcomes.


There is no relief or plan in place from Olympia for fully funding education in the state. Auburn has always invested in education and our students’ success – Please vote Yes to renew the levy and keep Auburn’s schools strong.


Submitted by: Cari Manry, Jason Wright, Maggie Keller,

The district failed to find con committee members. The county had to find someone at the last minute by 12/15/23. There should be no tax measures on the lowest voter turnout month, February. Taxpayers don’t even have their tax bills for the year yet. The district should wait until November. Surely it wants a high voter turnout?


Is $500,000 in compensation (all paid for by taxpayers) enough for a school district administrator? That is more than the governor’s compensation.


WA’s school districts have an insatiable appetite for taxpayer money. We had the McCleary Decision that significantly increased our State School property taxes. All of that State School category on your tax bill goes to this school district, 100%. And that is not enough. The State has to send a lot more to this school district. And by State that means State Taxpayers largely from our state sales taxes.


The Auburn SD, as of 20212-2022, was already spending $21,000 in total per pupil per year expenditures – including a 6 year average in capital outlays and interest on debt. Taxpayers pay all of it. We, voters across the state, have to decide if/when it is time to put on the brakes.


Submitted by: Jeff Heckathorn,

The district has a long history of providing an excellent education to the students of Auburn And being fiscally responsible. The levy accounts for 14% of the budget. Do we want sports, choir, orchestra, band, drama, activities, career & technical education, special education services and strong academics? Yes!

As taxpayers and voters, we need to decide that we want the best for our community and our kids. Vote Yes for Auburn schools

Submitted by: Cari Manry, Jason Wright, Maggie Keller,

Claiming tax rates aren’t increasing is hardly good news and is hardly prudent. Applying the same rate to dramatically increased property values equals dramatically increased taxes in dollars. Voters are voting on amounts – not guesstimated future rates. With the McCleary Decision, property taxpayers (renters in their rents) handed over a lot more cash. The districts just spent it all, on themselves, and now they want more.

Submitted by: Jeff Heckathorn,

Simple majority (Wash. Const. art. VII, sec. 2(a))

For questions about this measure, contact: Cindi Blansfield, Associate Superintendent, Business & Operations, (253) 931-4930,

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