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Skykomish School District No. 404

Proposition No. 1
Maintenance and Operation Levy

The Board of Directors of Skykomish School District No. 404 adopted Resolution No. 08-2009, concerning a proposition to finance maintenance and operation expenses. This proposition would allow the District to meet its education goals by levying the following excess taxes, on all taxable property within the District, for support of the District’s General Fund maintenance and operation expense.


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Should this proposition be approved?




The Skykomish School District wishes 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 $276,725 in 2011; $289,178 in 2012; $302,191 in 2013 and $315,789 for collection in 2014. The levy tax rate required to produce these levy amounts is estimated to be $2.02 per $1,000 of assessed value in 2011; $2.09 per $1,000 of assessed value in 2012; $2.16 per $1,000 of assessed value in 2013 and $2.22 per $1,000 of assessed value in 2014. The tax rate of approximately $2.02 per $1,000 of assessed value projected for the first year of collection in 2011 would equate to $404 (or $33.67 per month) for a $200,000 home.

The District has developed its commitment to educational excellence in its Strategic Plan. This levy proposal is based upon goals which were established through community participation and designation of needs by the District. Taxes collected 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. Furthermore, these collections will allow the District to meet goals in student assessment, facilities planning, communication to the community, operations and fiscal planning.

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.

A recent ruling by King County Superior Court, Judge John Erlick confirmed that Washington State has not upheld its responsibility to adequately fund basic education. He ruled, “State funding is not ample, it is not stable, and it is not dependable.” As a result, school districts statewide must ask for the support of its local citizens.

The Skykomish School District is requesting local support for a replacement Maintenance & Operation Levy of one expiring the end of 2010. This levy is a continuation of an existing tax that is significantly less than our neighboring districts. This levy is vital to the continued existence of our district. Failure to pass this levy will likely lead to dissolution of the district, busing of our children to Sultan and making us subject to Sultan tax rates.

By voting YES, you are making a commitment that all Skykomish students get the education they deserve.

Help maintain strong healthy schools that reflect the great community in which we live. Children come to school eager to learn. Let’s give them the best possible chance by voting YES for Skykomish’s Maintenance & Operations Levy. Let’s work together to keep our school, jobs, taxes and kids in Skykomish.

Statement submitted by: Wm. Atkinson

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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