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Lake Washington School District No. 414

Proposition No. 1
Replacement of Existing Educational Programs and Operations Levy

The Board of Directors of Lake Washington School District No. 414 adopted Resolution No. 2162 concerning educational funding. This proposition authorizes the District to levy the following excess taxes, to replace an expiring levy, on all taxable property within the District, to support the District’s educational programs and operations:


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all as provided in the Resolution. Should this proposition be approved?



Lake Washington School District requests voter approval of an Educational Programs and Operations levy to enable the District to pay for its educational programs and services, including teaching and non-teaching staff costs (salaries), instructional materials, safety & security services, transportation, facility maintenance, special programs, activities and sports, technology systems operation, and other non-capital expenses of operating the District schools.  The proposed levy will replace the District’s current levy that expires in 2014.  These taxes will provide approximately 22% of the general expense of operating the District.

Passage of this proposition would allow the levy of $63,000,000 in property taxes for collection in 2015, the levy of $64,900,000 for collection in 2016, the levy of $66,800,000 for collection in 2017, and the levy of $68,900,000 for collection in 2018.  If authorized by the voters and based on current assessed valuation information, estimated levy rates per $1,000 of assessed value would be $1.85 (2015 collection); $1.88 (2016 collection); $1.90 (2017 collection); $1.92 (2018 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.

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 206-296-3920.

For additional questions regarding this measure contact: Kathryn Reith - Communications Director 425-936-1342 •

Vote Yes!  We Need Qualified Teachers to Educate Tomorrow’s Workforce.

Today's children are the workforce of tomorrow. The EP&O levy provides 22.8% of the LWSD operating budget, which is critical to offering a high quality education. It enables the district to offer competitive compensation for teachers, administrators and staff. We need talented and dedicated people to instruct our next generation of leaders, engineers and healthcare professionals. Colleges want high school graduates to have college preparatory classes such as Advanced Placement (AP) or the Cambridge Program in subject areas including math, science and foreign language. Technical certificate programs want graduates with higher math, thinking and complex problem solving skills. Voting for this measure renews a levy that is a critical component in reaching our goal of Every Student Future Ready.

Endorsed by Kirkland, Redmond and Sammamish City Councils and Chambers of Commerce; Seattle-King County Association of REALTORS; Lake Washington Education Association; Lake Washington PTSA Council and more than 30 PTAs; and the Lake Washington Schools Foundation. To see elected officials and community leaders who endorsed this measure, visit

Union officials in the Lake Washington 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 $49,750 for teachers will be enhanced by 14 percent from levy and levy-matched funds. This costs roughly $9.3 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.

This measure renews an existing levy. We depend upon these local monies to meet 22.8% of the district’s annual budget because the state does not fully fund Basic Education. These levy funds enable to us to offer classroom instruction beyond what the state requires, maintain reasonable class sizes and hire exemplary teachers and administrators to prepare students for post-secondary education and living wage jobs. Vote Yes to support one of Washington’s highest achieving school districts!

Statement submitted by: Susan D. Baird-Joshi, Kerri N. Nielsen, and Matt Loschen


Don’t let the Lake Washington 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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