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Mercer Island School District No. 400

Proposition No. 1
General Obligation Bonds - $98,800,000

The Board of Directors of Mercer Island School District No. 400 approved Resolution No. 610 concerning this proposition for bonds. This proposition authorizes the District to construct a new elementary school on district property; rebuild and modernize a portion of the middle school; and expand Mercer Island High School by adding four (4) science labs and six (6) general purpose classrooms; to issue $98,800,000 of general obligation bonds maturing within a maximum term of 20 years; and to levy excess property taxes annually to repay the bonds, as described in Resolution No. 610. Should this proposition be:




Passage of Proposition No. 1 will authorize Mercer Island School District No. 400 to borrow $98.8 million by issuing general obligation bonds. In accordance with the unanimous passage of Mercer Island School Board Resolution No. 610, the bonds will pay for three facilities projects addressing overcrowding in Mercer Island schools.

The school district currently has more than 4,300 students in the high school, middle school, three elementary schools and alternative program, which is about 750 students more than facilities design capacity.

Projects would include: (1) building a fourth elementary school on the district-owned North Mercer campus; (2) expanding Islander Middle School, including 14 classrooms and lab spaces, commons and cafeteria, gymnasiums, music rooms and administrative space; and (3) adding 10 classrooms at Mercer Island High School, including four science lab spaces and six general education classrooms.

The bonds would be repaid out of annual property tax levies over a period of 20 years. The estimated increase to repay these bonds is estimated to be $0.25 per thousand dollars of assessed property value, or about $250 per year for a home with an assessed value of $1 million.

For additional questions regarding this measure contact: Dean Mack - CFO/COO 206-236-4522 •

Mercer Island schools are excellent, but they are severely overcrowded at more than 700 students over capacity.  And projections show continued enrollment growth.  These extra students are squeezed into 34 portable classrooms -- enough to fill an elementary school alone. Overcrowding is impacting our students’ education: common areas are congested and over scheduled; lunch times are compressed; one-on-one learning is challenging; and recreation space is constricted by portables.  

This bond builds a fourth elementary school and expands the middle and high schools – fixing overcrowding at every school.  It reflects community priorities. The cost is half the previous bond.  No swimming pool or stadium improvements. And past school improvements are preserved. The owner of an $800,000 assessed home is paying about $456 per year on previous school bonds which expire in 2015. This bond will cost the same homeowner $656 per year, or $200 more than they are paying today.

We urgently need more space. It’s time to fix overcrowding. Vote yes twice for the Bond and Levy Renewal! Endorsed: All current and 16 former MI school board directors; all MI city council members; former MI mayors Pearman, Cairns, Merkle, Newman, Jarrett; Sen. Litzow, Rep. Clibborn, Rep. Senn. Learn more:

Statement submitted by: Ralph Jorgenson, David D’Souza, and Paul Bergman

No statement submitted.

60% yes vote and a minimum turnout of 3,852 (Washington Constitution, article VII, section 2(b))

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