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Vashon Island School District No. 402

Proposition No. 1
Replacement of Expiring Maintenance and Operation Levy

The Board of Directors of Vashon Island School District No. 402 adopted Resolution No. 636, concerning a proposition to finance maintenance and operation expenses. This proposition would support the District in meeting its educational goals by levying the following excess taxes, in place of an expiring levy, on all taxable property within the District, for support of the District’s General Fund maintenance and operation expenses:



Approximate Levy Rate/$1,000 Assessed Value















Should this proposition be approved?



Passage of Proposition No. 1 would authorize the Vashon Island School District to replace an existing levy that will expire at the end of calendar year 2010. The proposed four-year replacement levy would authorize collection of taxes to provide $3,670,000 in 2011, $3,722,000 in 2012, $3,860,000 in 2013 and $4,083,000 in 2014. The tax levy rate required to produce these levy amount is estimated to be $1.41 per $1,000 of assessed value in 2011, $1.43 per $1,000 of assessed value in 2012, $1.45 per $1,000 of assessed value in 2013, and $1.49 per $1,000 of assessed value in 2014. The tax rate of approximately $1.41 per $1,000 of assessed value projected for the first year of collection in 2011 would equate to $705.00 per year (or $58.75 per month) for a $500,000 home.


Taxes collected by this levy will be deposited in the District’s General Fund to support the District’s strategic goals and help pay for necessary educational programs and operations that are not fully funded by the State, including staff salaries, instructional programs, special education, transportation, curriculum, professional development, custodial and minor facility repairs.


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 at 206.296.3920.

This levy is VITAL. It is not a new levy but a continuation of the operations levy due to expire in 2010. Since the State of Washington does not fully fund Vashon Island School District’s (VISD) general fund, 20 percent of it must come from this levy. These funds directly pay teachers’ salaries, textbooks, transportation, custodial staff and much more. Every four years this levy comes up for renewal and, to our credit, we have consistently been there to support our kids.


With a shrinking state budget, administrators and staff have worked to keep our schools strong with the limited resources available. Tough decisions have already been made, cutting the scope of our bus service and maximizing every dollar spent. The loss of 20 percent of the district’s general fund would be devastating. Each generation of our children depends on the support of our schools to build their futures.


I am very proud of VISD as they have shown excellent stewardship of our tax dollars. I ask each of you to join me in voting to support this levy.

Statement submitted by: Ken Zaglin

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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