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Two Replacement Levies on Feb. 8, 2022 ballot

Levies on Feb. 8, 2022 ballot graphic logo

Renton School District voters will decide whether to continue funding for school programs, technology, school staff, and school building maintenance on the February 8, 2022 election ballot.

Voters are asked to continue funding the Educational Programs and Operations Replacement levy and the Capital/Technology Replacement levy. Neither of these levies is a new tax. Both replace funding previously approved by voters that will expire in 2022. Voter approval will continue these important local school funding measures through 2026.

2022 Replacement Levies tax rate graphic

Funding collected from these local, voter-approved education levies stays right here in our schools. We use these funds to fill gaps in state funding to provide the quality of education that our students and families expect, and to ensure our students and staff have safe, welcoming schools that support student success. These replacement levies fill gaps in state funding totaling more than $40 million each year (nearly 14% of our district’s annual budget).

Tax rates to remain flat
2022 Replacement Levies tax rate decrease 2016-2022 graphic

Even with approval of both measures on the February 8, 2022 ballot, district tax rates are projected to remain low with very little change or continue to decrease as they've done each year since 2016. The combined local tax rate is estimated to be at or below $3.50 per $1,000 of assessed value.

  • Measure 1: Educational Programs and Operations Replacement Levy provides continued funding for: 
    • Academics: reading, writing, math
    • Arts & Music: band, choir, orchestra, elementary music, drama
    • Activities: student leadership, after-school programs
    • Athletics: coaches, materials, transportation
    • Student Support: nurses, para-educators, counselors, mental health & social-emotional specialists
    • Building Maintenance: custodians & school maintenance teams who are working hard to keep classrooms & school areas clean and disinfected
    • Nurses: State funds only 2 nurses for our entire district. This levy funds additional school nurses.
    • Student Safety: State funds only 2 school safety staff for our entire district. This levy funds additional school safety staff.
    • Transportation: More than 90 school bus drivers; a fleet of 116 school buses and 92 support vehicles used daily to safely transport students to school and home again.
    • PLUS... PE, classified staff, so much more

 

  • Measure 2: "Building for Excellence" Capital/Technology Replacement Levy provides continued funding for:
    • Capital (school building maintenance and improvements)
      • Renovate, modernize, and improve school facilities
      • Educational, athletic, and technology infrastructure improvements
      • Health (Heating, Ventilation, Air, Cooling: systems that provide clean air throughout our schools)
      • School Safety & Security
      • Energy efficiency
    • Technology
      • Laptops, computers, tablets for students and staff
      • Adaptive technology to support special education students
      • Home access resources like Wi-Fi hotspots
      • Classroom technology
      • Educational and office software licenses
      • Technicians to support equipment installation and maintenance
      • Plus... servers, storage, network switches, firewalls, routers, Wi-Fi, cybersecurity measures, more

Facts about Our Replacement Levies