Both Mukilteo School District levies pass, are certified

Much lower voter turnout than November election
By Brandon Gustafson | Feb 28, 2018
Photo by: Brandon Gustafson Voters in the Mukilteo School District did in fact “vote yes for kids” with both levies passing in the Feb. 13 election.

On the heels of an exciting and vocal election season last November, Mukilteo voters hit the polls once again for two levies that would help funding in the Mukilteo School District in the Feb. 13 special election.

The ballot measures, Proposition 1 (Replacement of Educational Programs Levy) and Proposition 2 (Technology Capital Projects Levy) were approved by voters in the school district and will be enacted Jan. 1, 2019.

Prop. 1 passed with 53.36 percent and Prop. 2 passed with 55.06 percent. Snohomish County election results were certified Feb. 23.

Prop. 1 is capped at receiving $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value and will help fund afterschool activities, transportation and additional services for special-needs students, among others.

With Prop. 2, the school district receives $0.28 per $1,000 in 2019, decreasing by 1 cent each year until 2022.

Some voters had concerns that their property taxes will increase due to the two new levies, but the Mukilteo School District will be receiving roughly 27 percent less from levies between 2018 and 2019 according to fact sheets courtesy of the school district.

Some voters also had concerns that school districts across the state had enough funding due to the McCleary ruling from 2014, which said the state had to fully fund “basic education.”

However, the lines are often blurred as to what is considered basic education.

“The idea that the state is giving us a lot more money is not exactly correct,” Mukilteo School District Director Judy Schwab said ahead of the Feb. 13 election. “The state is taking proportionately more dollars out of local property taxes, and they are replacing funding, but not supplementing funding in many cases.

“The things that we in Mukilteo take for granted as a part of basic education are things like special education, transportation, substitute teachers and curriculum development. That all comes out of local levy dollars.”

Mukilteo School District spokesman Andy Muntz said he was thrilled to see the election results.

“Thanks to the support of voters in the Mukilteo School District, we will be able to continue the funding of many important programs and services through 2022,” Muntz said. “Those programs include all sports activities and extracurricular programs, extended-day lessons for students such as summer school, the instrumental music program, staff training, and much more.

“As for the passage of the technology levy, that will provide the school district with the funds to modernize technology systems in our schools and increase student access to classroom technology.”


@Low showing at the polls@


After having the third highest voter turnout of any city in Snohomish County in the November election, Mukilteo voters in the school district didn’t show up nearly as strong for the Feb. 13 election.

According to statistics from Snohomish County, 51.35 percent of registered voters in Mukilteo voted in the November election.

In the August 2017 primary, 36.08 percent of registered voters sent in ballots.

For the Feb. 13 election, 25.35 percent of registered voters in the Mukilteo School District voted.

In terms of the county as a whole, 30.74 percent of registered voters voted, compared to 32.70 percent in the November election.



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