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Kent School District No. 415

Proposition No. 1
Capital Projects and Technology Levy

The Board of Directors of Kent School District No. 415 adopted Resolution No. 1665 concerning a proposition for a replacement capital projects and technology levy. If approved, this proposition would authorize the District to levy the following excess taxes on all taxable property within the District, to provide funding for capital projects for student safety, security, instruction, classroom and support services, and technology needs.

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Should this proposition be approved?



Passage of Proposition No. 1 would allow Kent School District No. 415 to renew a capital projects and technology levy by levying $60,900,000 for collection in 2025, $63,400,000 for collection in 2026, and $65,900,000 for collection in 2027.


In accordance with Resolution No. 1665, these amounts would be used to improve Districtwide student safety, security and health by installing new heating, ventilating and air conditioning systems, boilers, upgraded building access controls and alarm systems and making Children’s Internet Protection Act improvements. The District would improve school and support facilities Districtwide by installing synthetic fields at four high schools, ADA upgrades to playground equipment, and making other capital improvements.  In addition, the District would improve its technology systems by continuing its student laptop program, upgrading instructional technology, data security and disaster recovery infrastructure, modernizing school technology infrastructure, acquiring hardware and software licenses and providing training to implement new technology.


Based on projected assessed valuation information, the District estimates tax rates of $1.36 per $1,000 of assessed value for collection in 2025, 2026 and 2027.


Tax exemptions may be available to homeowners who are 61 or older, or disabled, and who meet certain income requirements. For information regarding exemptions, call the King County Assessor at (206) 296-7300.

With graduation rates now exceeding 90%, Kent School District continues to deliver on the promise of preparing all students for their futures.  This levy will provide the necessary funding for capital and technology improvements to continue delivering a high-quality education for all KSD students!


The capital improvement needs are urgent.  The district has aging school buildings that require upkeep and repair to keep our students safe and comfortable.  Your levy dollars will support replacing outdated building technology infrastructure, updating school safety and access control systems, replacing aging roofs, boilers, and flooring, purchasing new HVAC and air quality equipment, and installing modern synthetic playfields for school and community use.


Technology prepares students for the new modern world.  The technology program will provide 1:1 computers, equipment, and software so our students can learn using cutting-edge technology.   With these tools, we can prepare our students for job opportunities across the region.


The district needs this capital and technology levy to maintain long-term sustainability, and the levy was designed to minimize the financial impact on homeowners.  We owe it to ourselves, our students, staff and community to make this investment in our community's future.  Vote yes for our kids on April 23rd!


Submitted by: Bill Boyce, Dana Ralph, Jeff Wagner,

Half-truths, empty promises, and zero accountability. After a bond and levy failure, two community feedback surveys, and numerous presentations, there is virtually no difference between this levy and the previously failed attempts: same tax amount, same projects, no changes to transparency or accountability.

This levy is being called a replacement while doubling in value to over $60 million per year. A massive increase. Some projects are important, such as A/C in schools, and the district could have compromised by running a dollar-for-dollar replacement to prioritize these projects. Instead, they chose to maximize their funding at the cost of the taxpayer.

Mill Creek’s field is supposedly a priority for this levy, but its field was already on the 2016 Bond. The district built synthetic fields at two other schools while ignoring Mill Creek. If “Promises Made, Promises Kept” Bond projects can be ignored, what confidence can you have in a levy that can be changed at the district’s discretion?

KSD does not listen to or value community input. The pro committee for this levy is made up entirely of local politicians, not a single community voice. There is one way to make your voice heard: vote No on this levy.

Submitted by: Joseph Riley, Shawn Bettinger

The proposed levy would not lead to a "massive increase" in taxes.  The failure of the 2023 bond led to a one-year decline in levy support.  This levy proposal asks to resume initial support, with about 4% inflation each year.  The district also did not ignore the community feedback.  Since the Bond failure, the district has amended the project list, and reduced the overall tax proposal by over $5 million for 2025 and 2026.

Submitted by: Bill Boyce, Dana Ralph, Jeff Wagner,

Increasing the levy from $30 million to $60 million per year is not minimizing the financial impact on homeowners.  Asking for more levy money to band-aid schools rather than gaining trust to rebuild them with a bond is not an investment in our community's future.  Using school levy funding to build synthetic fields for community use is not an urgent need.

Spend money on what our kids truly need, not what politicians are prioritizing.

Submitted by: Joseph Riley, Shawn Bettinger

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

For questions about this measure, contact: Ben Rarick, Associate Superintendent, (253) 373-7164,

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