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Vashon Island School District No. 402

Proposition No. 1
Replacement of Expiring Maintenance and Operation Levy

The Board of Directors of Vashon Island School District No. 402 adopted Resolution No. 699, concerning a proposition to finance maintenance and operation expenses. This proposition would support the District to meet its educational goals by levying the following excess taxes, in place of an expiring levy, on all taxable property within the District, for support of the District’s General Fund maintenance and operation expenses:



Levy Rate/$1000
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Should this proposition be approved?



Passage of Proposition No. 1 would authorize the Vashon Island School District to replace an existing levy that will expire at the end of calendar year 2014.  The proposed four-year replacement levy would authorize collection of taxes to provide $3,774,125 in 2015, $3,962,831 in 2016, $4,160,973 in 2017 and $4,343,912 in 2018.  The tax levy rate required to produce these levy amounts is estimated to be $1.74 per $1,000 of assessed value to be made in 2014 for 2015 collection, to be made in 2015 for 2016 collection and to be made in 2016 for 2017 collection, and $1.73 per $1,000 of assessed value to be made in 2017 for 2018 collection.  The tax rate of approximately $1.74 per $1,000 of assessed value projected for the first year of collection in 2015 would equate to $783 per year (or $65.25 per month) for a $450,000 home.

Taxes collected by this levy 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, including staff salaries, instructional programs, special education, transportation, curriculum, professional development, custodial and minor facility repairs.

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. 

For additional questions regarding this measure contact: Donna Donnelly - Assistant to Superintendent 206-463-8534 •

This levy is vital.  It is not a new levy but a continuation of our usual Operations Levy due to expire in 2014. Since the State of Washington does not fully fund our Vashon Island schools, twenty three percent of our operating budget must come from this levy.  These funds directly pay teachers salaries, maintenance, textbooks, transportation, custodial staff and much more.  Every four years for more than 20 years this levy has come up for renewal and to our credit, we have always been there to support our kids.  

State budgets are still very tight but our administrators and staff have worked hard to keep our schools strong with the limited resources available.  Tough decisions have already been made that maximize every dollar spent. Each generation of our children depends on the support of our schools in order to build their futures. The loss of twenty three percent of the District’s General Fund would be devastating.

We are very proud of our Vashon Island School District, as they have demonstrated excellent stewardship of our tax dollars.  We ask each of you to join us in voting to support this levy.

Union officials in the Vashon Island Schools have pressured the school board to divert levy funds from student services in order to pay teachers more. Our levy should pay for student services, not for wage increases.


In the collective bargaining agreement sought by union officials, the average state-provided wage of $52,751 for teachers will be enhanced by 12.5 percent from levy and levy-matched funds. This costs roughly $531,466 per year which could be better used to help at-risk students or reduce class sizes. The school district leads taxpayers to believe the levy money is being used for students, yet large amounts support union priorities instead.


Levies are great for funding local priorities and unique services for our area students, but taxpayers should hold off giving the school district any more money until the school board is able to put student services above the demands of union officials.

The most important factor in our children’s education is the quality of their teachers. Vashon voters have great regard and respect for our teachers and the education they provide our children. The Olympia-based Freedom Foundation statistics are simply not accurate for Vashon. While state funding continues to languish below 2008 levels, nearly every district in the state uses local levies to support teacher salaries, maintenance, textbooks, and transportation to operate schools.

Statement submitted by: John "Oz" Osborne, Cherry Champagne, and J. Scott Bonney

Don’t let the Vashon School District confuse you by a nuanced definition of taxes, levy, new, or renewal. Approving this measure will increase the amount you pay the government. Taxpayers should hold off giving the district any more money until the school board is able to put student services above the demands of union officials.


Voting ‘no’ on Proposition 1 will send this message to the district: Be more responsible with taxpayer’s money.


Statement submitted by: Laurie Lyford, Renay Bennett, and Tom Henningsgards



Simple Majority (Wash. Const. art. VII, sec. 2(a))

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