Evan Smith: A heavy February ballot

Sunday, January 24, 2010

By Evan Smith ShorelineAreaNews Politics Writer

The four measures on the February ballot in Shoreline and Lake Forest Park are among nearly 40 on ballots around King County.

Last February, there were only two.

The difference? It’s the year to renew maintenance-and-operations levies in school districts around the State.

The levies are good for four years, and most come due at the same time.

School districts and other government entities can now propose ballot measures on set dates in February and April and on the primary-election ballot in August and the general-election ballot in November.

Recent legislation eliminated the March elections date, but Snohomish County Auditor Carolyn Weikel told me recently that most entities use the February date anyway.

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