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Mercer Island School District No. 400

Proposition No. 2
School Transportation Levy

The Board of Directors of Mercer Island School District No. 400 approved a levy for school buses. As provided in Resolution No. 639, this levy funds new and replacement school buses and authorizes the following excess levy on all taxable property within the District:



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Should this proposition be approved?



Passage of Proposition No. 2 would allow the levy of $750,000 in property taxes within Mercer Island School District No. 400 for collection in 2017, to enable the District to acquire school buses to meet projected population growth and allow for the retirement of older and more costly to operate buses.  In accordance with Resolution No. 639 approving this proposition, these taxes would be deposited in the District’s Transportation Vehicle Fund to pay for the purchase of such new and replacement school buses.  If authorized by the voters and based on projected assessed valuation information, estimated levy rates per $1,000 of assessed value would be $0.07 (2017 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 questions about this measure, contact:  R. Dean Mack, CFO/COO, 206-236-4522,

The Transportation Levy renewal is a one-year levy that is run and collected once every six years. This levy renewal allows the district to provide safe transportation for students by repairing or replacing school buses at the end of their serviceable life. This is a renewal of the last transportation levy - there is no change to the current levy assessment rate. Since the state only funds 60% of the replacement costs for a bus, without the levy support, money would need to be redirected from the General Fund, which would ultimately affect the classroom. Please vote yes to ensure continued safe transportation for students to and from school and keep Mercer Island schools strong.

Sent in by:  Jerry Kavesh, Paul Bergman, and Mindy Smith

No statement submitted.

Statements in favor of and in opposition to a ballot measure are submitted by committees appointed by the jurisdiction. No persons came forward to serve on the committee and to write a statement in opposition. If you would like to be involved with a committee in the future please contact the jurisdiction.

Simple majority (Washington Constitution article VII, section 2(a))

For questions about this measure, contact:  R. Dean Mack, CFO/COO, 206-236-4522,


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