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Vashon Island School District No. 402

Proposition No. 1
Technology and Capital Projects Replacement Levy

The Board of Directors of Vashon Island School District No. 402 approved a proposition for capital project levies in Resolution No. 675. This proposition would fund renovations, improvements, and preventative maintenance of equipment and facilities and provides for instructional technology upgrades, and authorizes the following excess taxes, in place of an expiring levy, on all taxable property within the District:


Levy Rate/$1,000
Assessed Value














Should this proposition be approved?



Passage of Proposition No. 1 would authorize the Vashon Island School District to levy annually for four years excess property taxes to pay costs for instructional technology and certain school improvements in place of an expiring levy. The taxes collected by this levy will only be used to pay costs to: fund renovations, improvements, and preventative maintenance of equipment and facilities of the District and provide for technology upgrades and training in connection with the District’s technology plan, all as deemed necessary and advisable by the Board of Directors.


The proposed four-year technology and capital levy would authorize the collection of taxes to provide $900,000 in each year from 2013 through 2016. If authorized, these property taxes would be collected each year of collection from 2013 through 2016 at an estimated tax levy rate of $0.3928 per $1,000 of assessed value.


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 replacement levy enables the school district to improve maintenance and stay current with rapidly changing technology.


Because of the current levy, we now have two people working exclusively on preventive maintenance so we stay up-to date with all district mechanical systems.  In two years, the district upgraded the kitchen equipment, replaced lunch tables and repaired the boiler at Chautauqua.


Four people are now dedicated to technology literacy for both students and teachers.  We now use laptops as part of the reading program at Chautauqua, in the science program at McMurray and as classroom support in Special Education. The district-wide wireless network has been updated.


The next levy cycle will be used to replace McMurray’s hot water heater and windows and to make improvements to play areas and flooring.  Energy inefficient light fixtures will be replaced with efficient ones. Each year money has been set aside for an emergency fund.


This levy allows the district to continue to license software, upgrade computers, train teachers and students and continue network infrastructure upgrades. Using technology is the only way our students will stay competitive.


We must renew this levy to continue in our path of preventative maintenance and upgrading vital technology systems.

Statement submitted by: Hilary Emmer and May Gerstle

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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