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.
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 approved this important ballot measures to support student learning on the February 12, 2019 ballot. Renton School District's Education & Operations Replacement Levy provides nearly 19 cents of every dollar spent in classrooms and other school/district operations each year (that's about $56 million per year). The Replacement Levy will renew the district’s current three-year levy which was approved by voters 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 everyday operations at every school in the district.
Education & Operations Replacement Levy:
- Classroom Learning Materials
- Heating/Cooling of Classrooms and Schools
- Teacher Salaries
- Support Staff Salaries
- Welding/Construction/Electrical Other Hands-on Learning Classes
- School Bus Transportation
- School Cleanliness and Upkeep
- Playground/ Field Maintenance
This is not a new tax: This levy replaces one that was approved by voters in 2016 and expires in 2019.
What will this and the School Construction Bond measures cost?
Because of the many additional families and businesses that have moved into the district, and improved assessed property values, these measures will not increase tax-rates, and district tax-rates will continue to drop. 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 $412 per year for the owner of a median-priced house of $378,000).