Two important measures for district students, educators and families on Feb. 12, 2019 ballot
UPDATE: February 22, 2019―Renton School District’s bond and levy measures on the Feb. 12 ballot received overwhelming voter support. A great majority of voters approved the two measures on the ballot to support teachers and staff and provide students with a high-quality education.
King County Elections Office officials report a total of 18,178 ballots were returned for the election; though 974 were not included in the final count (90 ballots had signature challenges and 884 were returned too late).All ballots that were placed in U.S. Post Office blue mailboxes were delivered to the Elections Office by Election Day Feb. 12 and were counted in the election. The heavy snow storm caused some delay in mail pick-up at household and apartment mailboxes. But, those ballots were delivered to the Elections Office and were part of the total count.District staff will work with the School Board on next steps to again present the measure to voters in the future.
- Measure 1: School Construction Bond received 17,103 votes. Voters overwhelmingly supported the measure with 62.64% Yes votes. However, the measure needed 1,475 additional ballots (a total of 18,578) to validate and did not pass.
- Measure 2: Education & Operations Replacement levy received 17,101 votes; 62.52% voting Yes. Because this was a levy measure, it did not have a specific ballot-count requirement to validate, and it has passed.
Renton School District voters will decide on two important ballot measures to support student learning on the February 12, 2019 ballot. Even with approval of the two-item package, tax-rates for district property owners will continue to decrease.
Building for Excellence School Building Construction Bond will allow for important projects at nearly every school in the district including construction of a much-needed, additional elementary school in the fast-growing northeastern (Highlands/Sunset/Hazen High) area of the district. It will also provide additional science classrooms at high schools, renovations and upgrades to other schools such as roofs and boilers, safety and security, school playground and athletic fields, and much more. View a school-by-school list of projects.
Education & Operations Replacement Levy provides nearly 19 cents of every dollar ($56 million/year) spent in classrooms and other school operations each year. This Replacement Levy will renew the district’s current three-year levy that voters approved in 2016 and expires in December 2019. This is not a new tax: Voter approval is required to maintain this important source of funding, which contributes to teacher salaries, classroom materials, textbooks, support staff, building maintenance, school bus transportation, music, drama, athletics and more.
Because of improved assessed property value and the many additional families and businesses that have moved into the district, these measures will not increase tax-rates, and district tax-rates will continue to decline. Renton School District tax-rates have been steadily declining over the past few years.
Even with approval of both measures, the combined total district tax-rate will drop to $3.52/per $1,000 of assessed value; that’s down from the current tax rate of $4.61/per $1,000 of assessed value (a savings of $436 per year for the owner of a median-priced house of $400,000).