Lake Washington School District Levy Replacement, 3 (February 2010)

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There were three Lake Washington School District Levy Replacement measures on the February 9 ballot in King County for voters in the Lake Washington school district.

Two of the three measures were approved
Proposition 1

  • YES 20,966 (61.63%)Approveda
  • NO 13,055 (38.37%)

Proposition 2

  • YES 19,003 (59.11%)Approveda
  • NO 13,147 (40.89%)

Proposition 3

  • YES 17,781 (55.67%)
  • NO 14,161 (44.33%)Defeatedd[1]

Although the bond measure did not pass, officials decided not to retry with another election because they felt they would still not reach the 60 percent majority needed. Survey conducted after the election though showed that most residents were happy with the school system and the services offered to students. It also showed that most voted down on the bond because they did not feel it was the right time to seek more money from residents that there were too many school issues on the ballot and that enough information about the issues was not presented.[2]

The first measure sought replace a levy that is set to expire, the money will be used for education programs and school operation costs. The levy will be in the amount of $1.34 per $1,000 of assessed property value for a further four years.[3]

The second measure sought to replace a capital projects levy that is set to expire, the money goes towards building upgrades and new technology. It would be at a rate of $.49 for a further four years.[4]

The third measure sought to create a bond in the amount of $234,000,000 in order to modernize and upgrade three high schools in the district.[5] Although the bond received a simple majority, it needed a 60 percent approval rate in order to actually be approved by voters. Not enough people though this was the right time for the bond measure.[6]

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