Letter: Vote yes on school ballot measures

Jan 03, 2018

On Feb. 13, voters will consider two levies, one for educational programs and one for technology capital projects in the Mukilteo School District.

These levies provide money for programs and services that are not funded by the state. The educational programs levy replaces a four-year levy that was approved by voters in 2014 and that will expire at the end of 2018.

In 2017, taxpayers in the Mukilteo School District paid a total tax rate of $3.74 per $1,000 of assessed valuation for all school district taxes. If both levies are approved on Feb. 13, that total tax rate will drop to $2.52 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.

This reduction is possible due to increased state funding and increases in the state property tax. But even that funding is barely adequate for a basic education.

In Mukilteo, we provide an exceptional education to our children and that is only possible because of our voters’ repeated approval of local levies. The school board is committed to being fiscally prudent with your money.

Among the items funded by the educational programs levy are services for special-needs students, staff training, classroom supplies, library materials, extended-day lessons for students, athletics, extra-curricular programs, transportation costs, building maintenance costs and elementary instrumental music programs.

Although the state will be increasing its share of funding for basic education, the school district will continue to pay for programs and activities not fully funded by the state.

The technology projects levy will be used to modernize technology systems in the school district. It will increase student access to computers, replace and update classroom presentation technology and update technology infrastructures such as servers, switches, and routers.

As the parent of two Mukilteo graduates, I know first-hand the exceptional education our students receive. But even those without students in the district benefit from the higher property values that result from the excellent reputation of Mukilteo schools.

I urge you to vote yes on Proposition #1 and #2.


John Gahagan

President, Mukilteo School Board

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