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Tukwila School District No. 406

Proposition No. 1
Capital Levy for Instructional Technology and School Improvements

The Board of Directors of Tukwila School District No. 406 adopted Resolution No. 773, concerning a proposition to finance instructional technology and school improvements.  This proposition would authorize the District to acquire and install instructional technology equipment, infrastructure and systems to improve student learning; make health, safety and energy efficiency improvements to existing school facilities; and levy the following excess taxes, on all taxable property within the District:



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all as provided in Resolution No. 773. Should this proposition be approved?



Passage of Proposition 1 would authorize the Tukwila School District to levy annually for six years excess property taxes to pay costs for instructional technology and school improvements.  The taxes collected by this levy will be deposited in the District’s Capital Projects Fund and used to pay costs to: acquire and install instructional technology infrastructure and equipment to improve student learning throughout existing school facilities; and carry out other capital projects.


The proposed six-year capital levy would authorize the collection of taxes to provide $1,350,000 in 2011, $1,350,000 in 2012, $896,250 in 2013, $896,250 in 2014, $896,250 in 2015 and $896,250 in 2016.  The tax levy rate required to produce these levy amounts is estimated to be $0.44 per $1,000 of assessed value in 2011, $0.42 per $1,000 of assessed value in 2012, $0.27 per $1,000 of assessed value in 2013, $0.26 per $1,000 in 2014, $0.25 per $1,000 of assessed value in 2015, and $0.24 per $1,000 of assessed value in 2016.  The tax rate of approximately $0.44 per $1,000 of assessed value projected for the first year of collection in 2011 would equate to $130.95 per year (or $10.91 per month) for a $300,000 home.  Rates will decline each year thereafter.

Exemptions from taxes may be available to homeowners who are 61 or older, or disabled, and who meet certain income requirements.  For more information, call the King County Department of Assessments 206.296.3920.

Tukwila is the only school district in the Greater Seattle metropolitan area that does not fund technology through a voter-approved bond or levy. The state does not pay for technology, and other sources are not keeping up with district technology needs. Many students don’t have a computer at home. An independent study found that the school district is in need of many improvements.


As a result, Tukwila students are at a disadvantage when they graduate and go on to further education or out to compete for jobs.


The technology levy on the Feb. 9 ballot will begin to close that gap.


Tech levy money will be used to put new computers and technology into the classrooms of all of the schools in the district, as well as make infrastructure improvements that will allow higher-speed access and wireless connections. A small amount will go toward necessary repairs to the school buildings to protect the investment voters have already made.


Vote YES on the Tukwila schools technology levy on the Feb. 9 ballot.


Honorary campaign committee: Jim Haggerton (chair), Zack Hudgins, Rhonda Berry, Peggy McCarthy, Mike West, Fowzi Mohamed, Joe Sabey, Louise H. Strander.


Endorsements: Tukwila City Council, SWKC Chamber of Commerce.

Statement submitted by: Ron Lamb, Colleen Richards and Kate Kruller

No statement submitted.

Statements in favor of and in opposition to a ballot measure are submitted by committees appointed by the jurisdiction. No persons came forward to serve on the committee and to write a statement in opposition. If you would like to be involved with a committee in the future please contact the jurisdiction.

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

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