School measures on February ballot | School brief

Jan 15, 2014

Voters throughout the Mukilteo School District will soon receive a brochure in the mail that will provide them with facts about two school district ballot measures.

On Feb. 11, voters will consider a proposal to renew an Educational Maintenance and Operations Levy that will expire at the end of 2014 and a measure that would allow the school district to sell bonds to finance the construction of new school buildings and make other facility, technology and security improvements.

While it takes a simple majority of voters to approve a levy, it takes a 60 percent supermajority to approve a bond measure.

The levy would replace a similar one approved by voters in 2010. It is not a new tax. The measure asks voters to renew the levy for an additional four years.

The current levy provides the school district with about $36.5 million, or about 23 percent of its total operating budget.

It helps pay for programs and activities that are not fully funded by the state – such as new curriculum, classroom supplies, library materials, school sports and student transportation.

If approved by voters, the levy measure would allow the school district to collect no more than $40.2 million in 2015, $42.2 million in 2016, $43.2 million in 2017 and $44.2 million in 2018.

If voters approve the bond measure, the school district will build a new elementary school and an early-learning kindergarten center as well as projects to improve safety and security, improve heating and ventilation systems, modernize facilities, improve energy efficiency, and add other space to reduce overcrowding.

The total cost of the projects paid for by construction bonds would be $119.15 million.

For more information about the ballot measures, go to the link below: http://www.mukilteo.wednet.edu/departments/pr/info/ballot/index.htm

-Edited by Beacon staff

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