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Highline School District No. 401

Proposition No. 1
Replacement of Expiring Educational Programs and Operation Levy

The Board of Directors of Highline School District No. 401 adopted Resolution No. 23-17, concerning a proposition for a replacement levy for education. This proposition would authorize the District to meet the educational needs of students by levying the following excess taxes, in place of an expiring levy, on all taxable property within the District, for support of educational programs and operation expenses not funded by the State of Washington:

Levy Rate/$1,000
Assessed Value


2019 $1.50 $47,329,540
2020 $1.50 $48,749,426
2021 $1.50 $50,211,909
2022 $1.50 $51,718,266

all as provided in Resolution No. 23-17. Should this proposition be approved?



Passage of Proposition 1 would allow the Highline School District to replace an existing educational programs and operation levy that will expire at the end of calendar year 2018.  The proposed four-year replacement educational programs and operation tax levy would authorize collection of taxes to provide up to $47,329,540 in 2019, $48,749,426 in 2020, $50,211,909 in 2021, and $51,718,266 in 2022.  The tax levy rate required to produce these levy amounts is estimated to be $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value.  The exact tax levy rate and amount to be collected may be adjusted based upon the actual assessed value of the taxable property within the District and the limitations imposed by State law at the time of the levy.

The taxes collected by this levy will be deposited in the District’s General Fund and used to meet the educational needs of students and pay expenses of educational programs and operation that are not fully funded by the State of Washington, including, but not limited to, expenses of teaching, student support (e.g. – nursing and security), athletics, transportation, and educational programs and operations.

Exemptions from taxes may be available to certain homeowners.  For more information, call the King County Department of Assessments, 206.296.3920.

Good schools attract families and businesses and improve the quality of life for everyone. Our schools and students depend on our local levy. The levy pays for teachers, school nurses, security officers, special education, and other critical needs not fully funded by the state. The levy ensures smaller class sizes and student safety. It pays for athletics, Camp Waskowitz outdoor education, and extra help for students who need it.

This is not a new tax. This measure replaces an expiring levy, but at a much lower rate than the current levy. Taxpayers will see a decrease in local school property taxes.

Our state Supreme Court ruled that the legislature is still not fully funding basic education. The levy fills the gap between what the state funds and the education our children need to be successful. Levy failure will mean fewer educational opportunities for students and layoffs for staff.

A Yes vote ensures that Highline students have access to the same opportunities as students in neighboring districts.

Vote to renew the Highline School Levy and continue local support for our schools. Return your ballot by February 13.

Submitted by: Chad Harper, Aaron Garcia

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

For questions about this measure, contact: Duggan Harman, Chief of Staff and Finance 206-631-3078

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