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Vashon Island School District No. 402

Proposition No. 2
General Obligation Bonds - $3,500,000

The Board of Directors of Vashon Island School District No. 402 adopted Resolution No. 651 concerning this proposition for bonds. This proposition authorizes the District, if voters also approve Proposition No. 1, to construct a synthetic track and field and associated site modifications at the Vashon Island High School stadium, issue $3,500,000 of general obligation bonds maturing within a maximum term of 21 years, and levy excess property taxes annually to repay the bonds, as detailed in Resolution No. 651. Should this proposition be:



If approved by voters, passage of Proposition No. 2 would authorize the Vashon Island School District No. 402, King County, Washington to levy excess property taxes sufficient to issue general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed $3,500,000, maturing within 21 years of the date of issue, for the purpose of constructing a synthetic track and field and associated site modifications at the Vashon Island High School stadium. The project includes necessary equipment, supplies, appurtenances, and services to complete the project.

If approved by voters, the bonds under this Proposition No. 2 shall only be issued if the qualified electors of the District first approve Proposition No. 1.

Voter approval of the bonds includes approval of property tax levies for those bonds. 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.

Vashon School District’s fields and gyms are the heart of youth sports on Vashon.  The track and field are home for many PE classes and a full slate of high school athletics. In addition, Park District Programs use VSD facilities for nearly 8,000 hours annually—providing safe and healthy play for nearly every child in our community.

This bond would replace the field and cinder track in the VHS stadium with an all-weather track and field. The current field is at the end of its life. The VHS track team cannot host home meets because the Nisqually League considers our track dangerously old and worn out. All weather fields are being installed all over the region because maintaining them costs a small fraction of costs to operate a grass field.  More important, artificial turf can be used over twice as many hours a year compared to grass. Our grass field requires months of “resting” to prevent degradation. Over the life of this facility we would conserve over 1.7 million gallons of District 19 water, reduce chemical use, and save tens of thousands of dollars annually in maintenance costs-- while greatly increasing the availability of playing fields for school and community sports.

$3,500,000 for the renovation of a playing field that requires a 20 year payoff is not in the best interest of Vashon residents for several reasons.

The playing life of a plastic field is 12 years or less.  It would need to be remade before we finished paying for the first one. 

Storm water run off will take all chemical residue into the drain fields and the Sound. 

In aggregate the massive totals of these two Bond issues would raise the property taxes for a $450,000 house over $720 per year for the next twenty years.

There has been a 35% increase in need at the Food Bank this year over last year.  Vashon Youth and Family Services is seeing a large increase in demand for help. 

With major cuts for education from the State, we a will be asked to shoulder a larger part of our children’s education out of pocket on a yearly basis.

These Bond issues are just too costly for all. People on fixed incomes would be impacted the most.

Vote NO on Prop II

The opponents made many factual errors:

Artificial turf needs to be replaced periodically. This means rolling out new turf not rebuilding the entire field every 12 years as implied.

Artificial turf lasts much longer than grass and doesn’t have to be rested. On a per use basis, it is a lot cheaper to operate than grass.

Bottom line: For a $450,000 house, the tax increase to support both Propositions is only $157.50/year.

Statement submitted by: John “Oz” Osborne, May Gerstle and Bettie Edwards

We are being asked to pay $3,500,000 to save “thousands of dollars in maintenance costs” on a field that will need to be replaced before we finish paying for it.  Parents of off island students pay nothing toward these bonds.

This is not a good use of our limited funds.

Statement submitted by: George Wright and Lee Ockinga • 206-567-4238

60% yes vote and a minimum turnout of 2,456 voters (Wash. Const. art. VII, sec. 2(b)).

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