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Tahoma School District No. 409

Proposition No. 1
Replacement of Existing Educational Programs and Operations Levy

The Board of Directors of Tahoma School District No. 409 adopted Resolution No. 2009-18 concerning a replacement levy for education. This replacement levy funds district education programs and school operations, including classroom support, athletics, maintenance, transportation and school supplies, and authorizes the following excess levies to replace an expiring levy on all taxable property within the District:



Approximate Levy Rate/$1,000 Assessed Value















Should this proposition be approved?



This levy replaces one that expires at the end of 2010. This levy pays for school staff, education programs, classroom support, athletics, maintenance, utilities, transportation and school supplies that are not funded or are under-funded by the state. The levy represents about 19 percent of the school district’s general fund, which pays for day-to-day operations.


If this replacement levy is approved, taxable property within the district would continue to be taxed to pay for school programs and operations over the next four years, with the estimated rate ranging from $3.40 to $3.77 per year for each thousand dollars of assessed property value. This levy would generate funding in the amount of $16,352,000 in the first year, with the total increasing each year up to $20,403,000 by the fourth year of the levy.

When we say, “Vote Yes!  Invest in Tahoma kids,” we are describing how our local levy dollars are being spent. Every dollar of the Replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy is an investment in our kids’ future as well as the future of our community and our nation. By now you are probably familiar with why we need this levy: There is not nearly enough money from the state to pay for educating our children. Local levy money makes it possible for kids to have the teachers, support staff, transportation, supplies, and educational programs and materials that are necessary to help them prepare for college and careers. This is tax money that is very well spent.


Levies like this one have earned the support of Tahoma voters for more than 30 years. This levy will continue providing $1 of every $5 spent on the people and support that is necessary to maintain our schools. Tahoma students consistently rank among the top 10 percent in our state on standardized tests. Newsweek magazine lists Tahoma High School among the top 5 percent of all U.S. public high schools. Voting yes will provide the funding necessary to continue this outstanding work.

Statement submitted by: Erin Weaver and Barbara Kennedy
(206) 669-7159 or (206) 235-3842

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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