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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. 2244 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, which are not funded or not fully funded by the State:


Collection 
Year

Estimated  
Levy Rate/$1,000
Assessed Value


Levy
Amount

2019 $1.03 $59,200,000
2020

$1.03

$62,200,000
2021 $1.03 $65,100,000
2022

$1.03

$67,700,000


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

Yes

No


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 not funded by the state and needed to meet the current and future educational programs and services for students. The proposed levy will replace the District’s current levy that expires in 2018.  This expiring levy currently provides approximately 19% of the general expense of operating the District, and pays for teaching and non-teaching staff, safety and security services, transportation, staff professional learning, activities and athletics/sports, additional course offerrings, early learning programs, and other non-capital expenses of operating the District schools.

Passage of this proposition would allow the levy of an average of $63.5 million per year over the next four years.  If authorized by the voters and based on current assessed valuation information, the estimated levy rate per $1,000 of assessed value would be $1.03 beginning in 2019.  The district is asking for less than the state legislature  has authorized, in anticipation of additional state funding.  This request will decrease the tax rate from the current 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.

Further information is available on the district’s website at www.lwsd.org.

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.

Vote Yes for Our Kids, Schools and Community by voting Yes on Prop 1!

This Educational Programs and Operations levy provides funding for important educational needs and ensures teachers have the resources needed to help students succeed. This levy provides programs and operations that are not funded by the state. It is a replacement of an expiring levy, and it will actually decrease the local tax rate.

Examples of these educational needs that are not funded by the state include staff for special education, highly capable and English language learner programs; nurses; graduation requirements aligned with college entrance requirements; security and transportation staff; early learning programs; and athletics and activities.

With your support and due to good fiscal planning, LWSD can provide these needed services while actually reducing your local tax rate.

Better schools help build a stronger community and improve our quality of life. That’s why hundreds of your neighbors, elected officials, community leaders and organizations endorsed this measure (www.vote4lwsdkids.org). Please join us in voting Yes for the LWSD Education Programs and Operations Levy – Prop 1!

Our State taxes are going up to pay for Education.  We should reject this levy because we will be funding critical education needs through our State taxes.

The McCleary Decision required the State to fully fund basic education. In response, the Legislature passed House Bill 2242 in July 2017.  Section 301 authorizes the State to collect $3.60 per thousand of assessed property values, far more than $2.03 that is currently being collected.

Starting in 2018, the "State" portion of our property taxes will increase substantially to pay for the McCleary Decision.  For a median priced house, this increase will be about $1,200.  Plus, the $400,000,000 Bond Measure passed in 2016 will add $300 annually to our school property taxes. The District says that this levy will only cost $1.03 per thousand, but that still equates to $700 per year for a median-priced home - on top of the State tax increase.

This is not a replacement levy.  HB2242, section 202(14) prohibits the use of Operations levies to pay for basic education. It is not clear how the $64,000,000 collected annually from this levy will be spent, but it can't be spent on basic education.

Vote No and reject this measure.

Here are the clear and simple facts:

This EP & O levy funds important educational needs and ensures teachers have the resources needed to help students succeed.

This levy provides programs and operations that are not funded by the state.

It is a replacement of an expiring levy. It will decrease the local tax rate. Our schools can’t operate effectively without this money.

Support our Kids, Schools and Community by voting Yes on Prop 1!

Submitted by: Amy Walen, John Marchione, Bob Keller www.vote4lwsdkids.org

The State will be fully funding Basic Education through your State taxes.  Your property tax bill will arrive after this election and it will include a significant increase to pay for education.  This levy will add $700 to your annual tax bill and it is not clear how the Lake Washington School District will spend your money.

Vote No. Reject Proposition 1.

Submitted by: Susan Wilkins ParentsForEducation@yahoo.com

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

For questions about this measure, contact: Shannon Parthemer, Communications Director 425-936-1342, sparthemer@lwsd.org

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