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Northshore School District No. 417

Proposition No. 1
Renewal Education Operations Support Levy

The Board of Directors of Northshore School District No. 417 adopted Resolution No. 685 authorizing a renewal educational maintenance levy. To continue meeting educational needs of students and to support District educational maintenance and operation expenses, this proposition authorizes the District to levy the following excess taxes, replacing an expiring levy, on all taxable property within the District:


Levy Rate/$1,000
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all as provided in Resolution No. 685. Should this proposition be approved?



Passage of Proposition No. 1 would allow the levy of $48,500,000 in property taxes within Northshore School District No. 417 for collection in 2015, the levy of $49,500,000 for collection in 2016, the levy of $50,500,000 for collection in 2017, and the levy of $51,500,000 for collection in 2018, to replace an expiring levy and enable the District to pay for its educational programs and services, such levies to be made for four years commencing in 2014 for collection in the school years from 2014-2015 through 2017-2018.  In accordance with Resolution No. 685 approving this proposition, these taxes would be deposited in the District’s General Fund to pay part of the general expenses of operating the District.  General expenses of the District include employee costs (salaries), instructional materials, special programs, activities and sports, technology systems operation, transportation costs, maintenance of facilities and other non-capital expenses of operating the District schools.  If authorized by the voters and based on projected assessed valuation information, estimated levy rates per $1,000 of assessed value would be $2.42 (2015 collection); $2.40 (2016 collection); $2.37 (2017 collection); $2.35 (2018 collection).

For additional questions regarding this measure contact: Leanna Albrecht - Director of Communications 425-408-7671 •



Please vote Yes and renew this vital levy. It replaces the current levy that will expire this year and provides critical funding for educational programs and operations that are not fully funded by the state.

The levy provides 23% of the school district’s funding and supports smaller class sizes, classes for advanced learners, help for struggling learners, transportation, Special Education, books, security, music and athletics. It’s not a new tax; it’s a renewal that supports learning. Northshore is one of the top school districts in the state and is known statewide and nationally for academic excellence. It is a financially responsible, stable organization that uses taxpayer dollars wisely and consistently receives clean state audits.

Strong schools equal a strong community!  

Our Northshore community has been a strong supporter of public education and has benefited greatly from the quality education provided by Northshore School District: Higher property values, a solid economy and a safe, vibrant community.

Support of the bond and levies will cost the average Northshore homeowner about an additional $5-6/month. Your Yes vote will have a lasting positive impact on students, families and our community.

Vote Yes on the bond and levies to continue quality education in Northshore!

Union officials in the Northshore 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 $54,867 for teachers will be enhanced by 21.5 percent from levy and levy-matched funds. This costs roughly $11.6 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.

The con statements are contradictory and inaccurate. The levy is about student learning, not unions. The levy provides 23% of the district's budget for vital programs/services not funded by the state such as music, advanced academics, transportation and athletics and helps retain quality staff—the backbone of Northshore's hallmark education system. Without the levy, the effects will be devastating for student learning. Northshore students deserve a quality education. Vote Yes for the Levies and Bond!


Statement submitted by: BZ Davis and Mike Sharadin



Don’t let the Northshore 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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