Seattle School District Capital Improvements Tax Levy Renewal Proposition (February 2013)

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A Seattle School District Capital Improvements Tax Levy Renewal question was approved on the February 12, 2013 election ballot in King County, which is in Washington.

This proposition authorized the Seattle School District to impose a replacement property tax levy of a little over $115 million per year for six years in order to fund capital improvements in the District.[1]

Election results

King County

Seattle School District Tax Prop. 2
Approveda Yes 96,295 72.17%

Election results from King County Election Results Report.

Text of measure

Language on the ballot:

The Board of Directors of Seattle School District No. 1 requests approval of a capital levy as described in Resolution No. 2012/13-4. The proposition replaces an expiring capital levy and authorizes the levy of excess taxes to fund the Building Excellence Program for earthquake, safety projects, construction or renovation at 13 schools, projects for increased enrollment and major maintenance at 20 schools, and technology improvements and other projects throughout the District:[2]

Collection Year: Approx. rate/$1,000 value Levy Amount
2014 $1.00 $115,816,666
2015 $0.97 $115,816,666
2016 $0.93 $115,816,667
2017 $0.89 $115,816,667
2018 $0.85 $115,816,667
2019 $0.82 $115,816,667

Should this proposition be approved?[3]

Explanatory statement

This statement was provided by King County to explain the proposed tax:

Seattle Public Schools requests voter approval of a capital levy of $694.9 million for the Building Excellence Program, Phase IV. The proposed levy will replace an expiring levy.

Passage of Proposition No. 2 would allow the levy of taxes over a six year period to pay for construction measures for earthquake and other safety projects at 37 schools, to construct, renovate, replace or make additions to 11 elementary schools, one middle school and one K-8 school, construction of building condition and infrastructure improvements and major preventive maintenance at 20 schools, and acquisition and installation of technology improvements and other capital improvements throughout the district to meet the current and future educational needs of its students. Such funds may be used only to support the construction, modernization, remodeling to school facilities or technology improvements and training.

The total amount to be collected will be $115,816,667 annually, to be collected in each of the six years commencing 2014 through 2019. The estimated levy rates per $1,000 of assessed value will range from $1.00 per one thousand for 2014 collections to $0.82 per one thousand for 2019 collections. The exact levy rate will be adjusted based upon the actual assessed value of the property within the District at the time of the levy.[1][2]


Below is a statement posted by the County Elections Website in favor of this measure:

Please vote to RENEW this important Seattle Public Schools Capital Levy. Our District is growing! In the next ten years, another 7,000 Seattle children will join our current 49,800 students. To be successful and compete in the 21st Century economy they must have safe, healthy learning spaces in modern facilities.

The Capital Levy replaces an expiring capital levy and is dedicated to building safe and healthy learning places for our children. Many of our school buildings are over 50 years old and are in need of renovation or replacement. Other schools are overcrowded with additional enrollment expected. The levy funds safety projects including earthquake upgrades at 37 schools, new roofs and updated safety and mechanical systems. The levy also builds, replaces, renovates or expands 13 schools, including opening new buildings to accommodate the increasing number of families sending their children to Seattle Public Schools. In addition, the levy reduces maintenance backlogs citywide and provides wireless access in all schools.

“The Capital Levy will help our schools and students, and creates many family-wage jobs.” Norm Rice (former Mayor).

This levy is not a new tax. It replaces the expiring capital levy. Please vote to renew our commitment to Seattle’s children.[1][2]

-Statement submitted by: Steve Mullin, Tre Maxie and Carrie Kazala


Below is a statement posted by the County Elections Website in opposition to this measure:

Levies should fix schools, not harm them. This $695 million Capital levy will harm schools.

1. Don’t kill off neighborhood schools with “Walmart-size” elementary schools. Six new giant 650-student schools: Arbor Heights, Genesee Hill, Olympic Hills, Thornton Creek, Wilson Pacific, Wing Luke. 2. Don’t put TWO schools at Thornton Creek (zaps playfield). 3. Don’t move Schmitz Park to Genesee Hill; honor Schmitz family land gift. 4. Don’t evict Native American programs from Wilson Pacific; don’t demolish building-high Native American-themed murals. 5. Don’t evict Pinehurst alternative program. 6. Don’t toss 80 usable portables. Caution: District’s consultant expects enrollment out-migration when houses start to sell again.

Poor School Board oversight:

1. Board voted to abandon its authority and allow Superintendent to waive any Board Policy. (5-2, Directors Carr, DeBell, Martin-Morris, McLaren, Smith-Blum voted yes) (02/15/2012) 2. Court ruled the action illegal. (Google “Charter Alternative Blocked – KUOW”) (07/05/2012) 3. Contracting scandal. (Google “Red Flags - Stranger”) (Google “Auditor Report 1005180”) 4. Board cut public input. (4-3, Carr, DeBell, McLaren, Smith-Blum voted yes) (03/07/2012) 5. Board brought back commercial advertising. (7-0; terms expire 2013 or 2015: Carr ‘15, DeBell ’13, Martin-Morris ‘15, McLaren ‘15, Patu ‘13, Peaslee ‘15, Smith-Blum ‘13) (06/20/2012)[4][2]

-Statement submitted by: Chris Jackins; 206-467-3139

See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 King County Website Information on Proposition 2
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
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