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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. 08-21, concerning a proposition for a replacement levy for education. This proposition would authorize the District to levy the following excess taxes, replacing an expiring levy, on all taxable property within the District, for educational programs and operation expenses not funded by the State (including nurses, special education, counselors, athletics, advanced courses, extracurricular activities, transportation, teacher pay and training):

 

 


Collection 
Year

 

 

Estimated 
LevyRate/$1,000
Assessed Value

 

 


Levy
Amount

2023

$2.50

$63,808,067

2024

$2.50

$66,360,390

2025

$2.46

$67,988,856

2026

$2.43

$69,873,487

 

all as provided in Resolution No. 08-21. Should this proposition be approved?

 

Yes

No


Passage of Proposition No. 1 would allow the Highline Public Schools to replace an existing educational programs and operation levy that will expire at the end of calendar year 2022.  The taxes collected by this replacement levy will be used to pay expenses of educational programs and operation that are not fully funded by the State of Washington, including, but not limited to, nurses, special education, counselors, athletics, advanced courses, extracurricular activities, transportation, and teacher pay and trainingFurther information is available on the District’s website at https://www.highlineschools.org.

The proposed four-year replacement educational programs and operation tax levy would authorize collection of taxes to provide up to $63,808,067 in 2023, $66,360,390 in 2024, $67,988,856 in 2025, and $69,873,487 in 2026.  The tax levy rate required to produce these levy amounts is estimated to be $2.50 in 2023, $2.50 in 2024, $2.46 in 2025, and $2.43 in 2026 (estimated levy rate 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 tax levy.

 

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

Schools are the heart of our community. Children are our most precious asset and promise for the future. It’s time to renew our commitment to funding educational programs so all Highline students have equitable opportunities to succeed in school. This is not a new tax or a tax increase. 

 

We represent community leaders and volunteers from across Highline. We ask for your vote to approve an expiring education levy providing local funds to fill critical gaps in state and federal funding for our students’ needs.

 

By voting to approve this levy, you are voting “yes” to continue high-quality instruction with support and training for our teachers, academic and emotional support for our students through counselors and social workers, and funding for broad course offerings in middle and high school–including advanced courses. Renewing this levy also impacts students’ health and safety, by paying for nurses and other staff not fully funded by the state. Your approval ensures that services and programs needed by our students, now more than ever, will continue.

 

Vote yes to renew our promise to Highline students–to know each student by name, strength and need and prepare each one to choose their own future.

Submitted by: Mia Gregerson, Kevin Schilling, Dave Upthegrove, www.yesforhighline.org
 

Local property taxpayers (homeowners and renters in their rent) are maxed out. We are still facing economic instability due to Covid-19, while many parents have incurred additional education expenses such as home tutoring, or had to quit jobs to do so themselves, for the last year and a half.

 

In 2018, the legislature determined levies are unfair and dramatically increased state school property taxes. The Highline SD, as of 2019-2020, is already excessively spending $20,000 per student per year for operational expenditures, capital outlays, and interest on debt. More than tuition at most private schools, and all from your taxes. Total compensation for district administrators ranges from a median of $180,000 to a high of $400,000 yet 60% of the district's students are from low-income families.

 

Currently, our nation’s school districts are flush with federal Covid-19 relief cash. Most are still trying to decide what to do with all the extra money. They don’t need to ask taxpayers for more. The district needs to respect hardworking taxpayers, stick to a budget, and continually reduce overhead and waste. Stop taxing people out of their homes.

 

The district needs to act frugally, starting now.

Submitted by: Jeff Heckathorn, schooldataproj@gmail.com

One-time federal dollars are for covering COVID-related costs only. They can’t be used for ongoing expenses. Levy dollars sustain operating expenses and student support until 2027. Levy failure will mean staff lay-offs and cuts that harm students.

 

Highline has a track record for good stewardship of tax dollars and balanced budgets. This is not a tax increase. Investing in schools benefits everyone in our community. Vote to approve.

Submitted by: Mia Gregerson, Kevin Schilling, Dave Upthegrove, www.yesforhighline.org

The Highline SD is misleading voters and confusing themselves. This levy is a new tax and is a tax increase. The previous 4 year levy was for $177M. This new levy, as of this writing, 8/11/21, is advertised on the district's website for $208M. But what will be on the November ballot is $268M. Using arithmetic, that is a 51% increase.

 

Vote no to overspending and to the lack of transparency.

Submitted by: Jeff Heckathorn, schooldataproj@gmail.com

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

For questions about this measure, contact: Kate Davis, Chief Financial Officer, (206) 631-3079, Kate.Davis@HighlineSchools.org

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