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Bellevue School District No. 405

Proposition No. 2
Technology and Capital Projects Levy

The Board of Directors of Bellevue School District No. 405 passed Resolution No. 13-24 concerning this proposition for capital levies.  This proposition authorizes the District to continue modernizing District facilities by acquiring, developing, installing, and implementing computer technology systems, facilities and projects for operations and instruction and capital administrative expenses, and other capital project expenditures, and authorizes the following excess levies for such purposes on all taxable property within the District:

 

Collection
Years

Approximate
Levy Rate/$1,000
Assessed Value

Levy
Amount

2015

$0.24

$10,000,000

2016

$0.61

$26,000,000

2017

$0.59

$26,000,000

2018

$0.57

$26,000,000

2019

$0.34

$16,000,000

 

Should this proposition be approved?

Yes

No


Passage of Proposition No. 2 would replace an expiring levy, would be in place for five years and would be used for technology improvements and major maintenance on existing schools and other Bellevue School District facilities.  Passage would allow the levy of $10,000,000 in property taxes within Bellevue School District No. 405 for collection in 2015, the levy of $26,000,000 for collection in 2016, the levy of $26,000,000 for collection in 2017, the levy of $26,000,000 for collection in 2018, and the levy of $16,000,000 for collection in 2019.  In accordance with Resolution No. 13-24 approving this proposition, these taxes would be deposited in the District’s Capital Projects Fund to pay for improving and upgrading its educational facilities through the acquisition, installation, implementation and management of computer technology and technology systems, and construction, renovation, maintenance, improvements and expansion of new and existing facilities including portable classrooms. If authorized by the voters and based on projected assessed valuation information, estimated levy rates per $1,000 of assessed value would be $0.24 (2015 collection); $0.61 (2016 collection); $0.59 (2017 collection); $0.57 (2018 collection); $0.34 (2019 collection). The exact levy rate shall be adjusted based upon the actual assessed value of the property within the District at the time of the levy.

For additional questions regarding this measure contact: Melissa deVita - Deputy Superintendent 425-456-4025 • devitam@bsd405.org

 

 

Vote Yes to renew the existing levy to provide computer technology literacy to Bellevue students and to fund essential building maintenance.

This levy funds student use of modern technology.  It pays for the replacement of aging classroom computer equipment; funds professional development and training in the use of computers; and provides improvements to the supporting technical infrastructure. In today’s rapidly changing technological environment, employers are demanding graduates with strong technology skills, and this levy will provide students with access to equipment and instruction that will be essential in the coming decades.

The capital project portion of this levy pays for critical school repairs, such as replacing roofs, flooring, mechanical, electrical, water and sewer systems.  Properly maintained school buildings are critical to student safety and the overall learning environment. This levy also provides for the upgrade or replacement of physical education facilities. 

Approve this levy and ensure that all district facilities are safe and well maintained, and that students throughout the district are given access to technology that will prepare them for entry into the 21st century global marketplace. 

Make a difference; renew the commitment and Vote Yes.

Union officials in the Bellevue 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 $49,390 for teachers will be enhanced by 28.8 percent from levy and levy-matched funds. This costs roughly $13.7 million 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.

Proposition 2 funding is limited to capital and technology needs, including related support.

We believe that students and teachers should be at the center of what we do.

We believe that students and teachers deserve access to viable technology and facilities.

We believe that it is important to maintain our investment by renewing our support.

Vote Yes!

Statement submitted by: Tobey Bryant and Steve Brown
info@bellevuequalityschools.org

 

 

The Bellevue School District is asking for new money from taxpayers because they have allowed union officials to divert existing levy money to pay teachers more--rather than using that money for things like technology for students. If only the district had managed their existing levy money better, they wouldn’t have to ask for more now.

 

Voting ‘no’ on Proposition 2 will send this message to the district: Be more responsible with taxpayer’s money.

 

Statement submitted by: Laurie Lyford, Renay Bennett, and Tom Henningsgards
propertyrights4us@gmail.com

 

 

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