Shoreline School District to place two replacement levies on February 13 ballot

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Shoreline School Board 2017
Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools
At their November 6, 2017 meeting, the Shoreline School District Board of Directors approved resolutions to place two four-year replacement levies on the February 13, 2018 special election ballot.
 
These levies would replace existing levies that will expire at the end of 2018.

There will be two propositions for Shoreline School District voters to consider:

Proposition 1: Replacement of Expiring Levy for Educational Programs and Operations

This replacement levy helps fund education programs not fully supported by state and federal funding, including:
  • Special education programs, highly capable programs and remedial programs
  • Nurses, family advocates, librarians and counselors
  • Building maintenance, utilities and transportation
  • Extra-curricular student activities, including music, drama and athletics
  • Professional development for teachers and other staff
The maximum tax rate for Proposition 1 would be $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value annually. This rate would collect:
  • $21,300,000 in 2019
  • $23,500,000 in 2020
  • $25,602,000 in 2021
  • $28,250,000 in 2022
This accounts for roughly 20 percent of Shoreline School District’s operating budget.

Proposition 2: Replacement of Expiring Capital Levy for Technology Improvement and Support

This replacement levy funds instructional technology and internet access for students and staff across the district. These funds help pay for:
  • Student and staff computers and technology access
  • Software, online subscriptions, resources and classroom curriculum
  • Annual maintenance and licensing
  • Equipment upgrades and replacement
  • Staffing, professional development and training
  • Network servers and wireless infrastructure
The estimated tax rates for Proposition 2 would be as follows:
  • $0.23 per $1,000 of assessed property value in 2019
  • $0.21 per $1,000 of assessed property value in 2020
  • $0.19 per $1,000 of assessed property value in 2021
  • $0.17 per $1,000 of assessed property value in 2022
These rates would collect $3,250,000 annually.

Ballots will be mailed to registered voters on January 24, 2018 and must be returned or postmarked by February 13, 2018. Register to vote here. Both levies require a 50% simple majority approval to pass.

There are four community-wide presentations scheduled (all held in the Shoreline School Board Room, 18560 1st Ave NE):
  • December 13 at 10am
  • December 13 at 7pm
  • January 9 at 10am
  • January 9 at 7pm
You can find more information about the levies, community presentation schedule, request a presentation and submit questions here.

Shoreline School District residents will also receive an informational mailer from Shoreline Schools in January with detailed information about the levies.



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