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Tahoma School District No. 409
Proposition No. 1
Replacement of Existing Educational Programs and Operations Levy

The Board of Directors of Tahoma School District No. 409 adopted Resolution No. 2019-20 concerning educational funding. This proposition authorizes the District to levy the following excess taxes, to replace an expiring levy, on all taxable property within the District, to support the District’s educational programs and operations not funded by the state:

Collection Year Estimated Levy Rate/$1,000 Assessed Value Levy Amount
2021 $2.00 $16,419,347
2022 $2.00 $17,895,669
2023 $2.00 $19,504,860
2024 $2.00 $$21,258,878

all as provided in the Resolution. Should this proposition be approved?

Yes

No

Passage of Proposition No. 1 would replace an expiring levy and allow the levy of $16,419,347 in property taxes within Tahoma School District for collection in 2021, the levy of $17,895,669 for collection in 2022, the levy of $19,504,860 for collection in 2023, and the levy of $21,258,878 for collection in 2024. In accordance with Resolution No. 2019-20 approving this proposition, these taxes would be deposited in the Tahoma School District’s General Fund to pay part of the general expenses of operating the District. General expenses of the District include employee costs (such as salaries), instructional materials, special programs, activities and sports, technology systems operation, transportation costs, maintenance of facilities and other non-capital expenses of operating the District schools that are not funded or not fully funded by the State. If authorized by the voters and based on projected assessed valuation information, the estimated levy rate per $1,000 of assessed value would be $2.00 for collection in the years 2021 through 2024, inclusive. The exact levy rate shall be adjusted based upon the actual assessed value of the property within the District and the legal limit of the levy amount at the time of the levy. The District will review annually and determine whether there is a need to roll back the levy.

Exemptions from taxes may be available to certain homeowners. To determine if you qualify, call the King County Assessor at (206) 296-7300.

Strong schools benefit the entire community. Your “yes” vote for our schools maintains programs, staffing, and supplies needed to support student learning. State funding alone does not ensure we can continue providing opportunities for our students that set us apart. Local levy funds invest in the type of education for which Tahoma is known.

A “yes” will provide continued support to security, mental health, nurses, extended enrichment, teachers, paraeducators, support for struggling students, and opportunities such as athletics, activities, expanded electives, elementary science and art, transportation, summer school, and community facilities use. 

Tahoma is a good steward of tax dollars and excels at maximizing resources to help students succeed. Our cost-per-student levy rate is one of the lowest in King County, yet we are among the top districts in the state.  This replacement levy rate is less than in many other districts. Tahoma is asking for a more modest $2 rather than the $2.50 allowed by law. The increased investment for the owner of a home valued at $400,000 is $200 per year. 

Community support is critical to have high-performing schools. With community levy support, Tahoma can continue to provide the level of excellence it has achieved. Vote yes!

 
Submitted by: Krissy Riggs, Jim Flynn, Jerry Gaston, Voteyestahoma.com

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, §2(a))

For questions about this measure, contact: Kevin Patterson, Director of Communication, (425) 413-3400, kpatters@tahomasd.us

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