Two important measures for district students, educators and families on Feb. 12, 2019 ballot
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).