Counties certify Northshore School District special election results

The two bonds and levies passed as of Feb. 23.

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Bothell and Kenmore residents recently voted on two Northshore School District levies and one bond addressing increasing enrollment numbers.

King and Snohomish Counties certified the results on Feb. 23. All results are according to King County which included results from Snohomish County.

Proposition 1 received 29,030 total votes, passing with 17,968 “yes” votes or 61.89 percent and 11,062 “no” votes or 38.11 percent.

According to the school district, Prop. 1, the Renewal Educational Programs & Operations Levy, intends to maintain high-quality academics and address the needs of students who require additional resources and interventions.

The levy also funds extracurricular activities, like music, clubs, sports and drama. It replaces the current educational programs and operations levy, which expires this year.

The cost of Prop. 1 is about $234 million over four years.

District officials anticipate that the tax rate to go down to $1.82 per $1,000 assessed value, compared to the $1.93 per $1,000 in 2017.

Prop. 2, the Capital Projects Bond, received 29,043 total votes with 17,653 “yes” votes or 60.78 percent and 11,390 or 39.22 percent. The proposition passed with the needed 60 percent majority.

Prop. 2 intends to add capacity to schools, resolving issues revolving around overcrowding while simultaneously addressing equity problems.

It is a $275 million capital bond set to last for four years. The new estimated tax rate would be $1.59 per $1,000 assessed value. The current tax rate is $1.78 per $1,000 per assessed value.

Safety and security updates would also come with the passage of the proposition, as well as a new K-5 school, a new 30-classroom flexible use building stationed at the Skyview Middle/Canyon Creek Elementary campus and a performing arts building at Inglemoor High School. Additional building repairs and more outdoor spaces are included among the potential bond projects.

Prop. 3, the Renewal Technology Levy, received 18,594 total votes, passing with 17,660 “yes” votes or 61.76 percent and 10,934 “no” votes or 38.24 percent.

Prop. 3 provides increased technological access to students and seeks to give teachers and parents the ability to provide their input.

District-to-family communications is also funded. This levy, which costs $62 million, increases the tax rate from $0.30 per $1,000 assessed value to $0.48 per $1,000.

It replaces the current technology levy, which expires this year.

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