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Building for Excellence Bond Measure Nov. 5, 2019

important measure for district students, educators and families on November 5, 2019 ballot

Renton School District voters will decide on an important ballot measure to support student learning on the November 5, 2019 ballot. Even with approval of the measure, tax-rates for district property owners will continue to decrease.

Building for Excellence Bonds to Improve, Construct and Renovate School Facilities 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.

Voters overwhelmingly approved this measure on the Feb. 12, 2019 ballot; but an additional 400 votes were needed to validate the measure. With the obvious support of voters, Renton School Board members are providing an opportunity for more voters to vote to approve the measure and will place the measure back on the Nov. 5, 2019 ballot.

What will the measure cost?

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 this measure, the combined total district tax-rate will drop to $3.38/per $1,000 of assessed value in 2020; that’s down from the current tax rate of $3.52/per $1,000 of assessed value, a savings of $56 per year in 2020 for the owner of a median-priced house of $400,000. Tax-rates will continue to decrease in 2021 and 2022: down from $3.38 to $2.95 (an additional savings of $172/per year for tax-payers).

Read Questions and Answers about the Nov. 5, 2019 Bond and Levy measures.

Renton School District is seeking applications from citizens interested in being appointed to a committee to write the pro/con statements for the King County local voter’s pamphlet related to the district’s upcoming bond ballot measure to be considered at the November 5, 2019 General Election.  Those interested should send their name, address, email address, phone number and which position they represent to the district’s Community Relations Office, community.relations@rentonschools.us or by mail 300 SW 7th Street, Renton, WA 98057, by Friday, July 19, 2019. The School Board will take action on the appointment at its July 24, 2019 regular board meeting.