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Tahoma School District No. 409

Proposition No. 1
General Obligation Bonds - $195,000,000

The Board of Directors of Tahoma School District No. 409 adopted Resolution No. 2013-13 concerning this proposition for bonds. This proposition would authorize the district to undertake repairs and renovations, student safety and other upgrades to designated schools and facilities throughout the district to extend their useful life, and construction of a new 9-12 high school; to issue $195,000,000 of general obligation bonds maturing within a maximum of 30 years; and to levy excess property taxes annually to repay the bonds, as provided in Resolution No. 2013-13. Should this proposition be:



Passage of Proposition No. 1 will authorize Tahoma School District No. 409 to borrow $195,000,000 by issuing general obligation bonds.  In accordance with Resolution No. 2013-13 approving this proposition, the bonds will pay for renovations and upgrades to extend the life of the District’s existing facilities, including elementary and high school buildings and construct new replacement school buildings in the District.  Capital projects include constructing  and equipping a new 9th to 12th grade high school with gymnasium, performance and dining facilities, new playfields and athletic fields, site access road and parking areas, major and minor renovations to existing high school and junior high school buildings and renovations, additions and other capital improvements at Tahoma Middle School, Cedar River Middle School; Lake Wilderness Elementary School; Glacier Park Elementary School; Shadow Lake Elementary School and Rock Creek Elementary School.  The bonds would be repaid out of annual property tax levies over a period of 20 years.  The levy rate is estimated to be $1.67 per thousand dollars of assessed valuation, costing the typical homeowner ($300,000 home) $41.75 per month or $501 per year.  The exact amount of such annual levies for these bonds would depend on the amount of principal paid each year and on the interest rates available at the time the bonds are sold.

For additional questions regarding this measure contact: Kevin Patterson - Public Information Officer 425-413-3400 •


Our community must pass the school construction bond to reduce severe overcrowding, provide our kids with secure schools, and maintain our district’s success and our property values.

Sixteen years have passed since our last construction bond.  Since then, Maple Valley’s population has more than doubled, and our square footage per student has dropped to the lowest in the county.  Schools are full; most far exceed design capacity.  We can’t add more portables; stages, labs, conference rooms and even closets are used for instruction, and class sizes are way up.

Time and space have nearly run out. Without the bond, the district must pursue double shifting and year-round multi-tracking. This is not a threat; it’s a fact.

It is time to return our schools to normal: School and classroom sizes that mirror surrounding districts.  Basic safety and health improvements at all schools. A new high school opens up space districtwide and launches innovative partnerships with colleges and industry to train and educate students and adults. 

Tahoma is the main reason families move to Maple Valley.  Strong property values, a healthy economy and a desirable community are the result.

Vote YES.  It is time to put our kids, and our community, first.

I have children entering Kindergarten and 2nd Grade this year in the Tahoma School District.  Why would I consider voting "No" on this bond?  Trust, responsibility, and an example for the future are the answers.  TSD just hired a Superintendent with no public search.  They have over 20 employees receiving more than $100K/year in annual compensation. They spent over $68 Million last year on about 7,500 students.  What amount was budgeted for savings or future construction? Nothing. Our country and many municipalities are drowning in debt.  Is this the example we want to send our kids, that instead of saving and planning you should just expect a handout?  Our community pays $15 Million/year in Property Taxes to TSD.  That is money directly out of our pockets that could be spent on local merchants, family vacation, or college savings.  Do you have a disposable $40/month for the next 20 years to give them, and do you think every other homeowner, with a child or not, should pay it? Do you trust them to plan for next time or raise your taxes again in a few years when they want something else?  Let's make a statement for common sense and vote No.

The "no" statement uses the words "trust," "responsibility" and "common sense," but these should be two-way streets.  Sixteen years of failed bonds has created a crisis; now is the time to show trust in a district that wins awards for academics despite the lowest per-student capital funding in the county.  Construction money cannot come from salary cuts; those budgets are separate.  Property taxes aren't "handouts" – they're how citizens ensure children are educated. That's common sense.

Statement submitted by: Erin Weaver and Casey Henry

"Upon further research and review, I have reconsidered my opposition to the Proposition.  I encourage the community to get involved, get out the vote, and do your research and consider the implications of this Bond."

Statement submitted by: Kurt Edelhauser

60% yes vote and a minimum turnout of 8,192 (Washington Constitution, article VII, section 2(b))


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