School levy dates, dollars set

October 20, 2009

By Chantelle Lusebrink

Issaquah School Board members unanimously voted to put three levy measures before voters Feb. 9.The three replacement measures — a $155.9 million maintenance and operations levy, a $1.7 transportation levy and a $40.4 million technology and critical repairs levy — would sustain funding in those areas through 2013.

If approved, voters would simply be keeping the taxes they approved for the district from the 2006 levy package for another four years.

A person with a $400,000 house would pay $819 on average each year over the life of the maintenance and operations levy, similar to what residents are paying now, Sara Niegowski, district communications director, wrote in an e-mail.

For the transportation levy, the owner of a $400,000 home would pay about $36 in 2011 only. For the technology and capital levy, the $400,000 homeowner would pay about $203 each year through 2013, she wrote.

This four-year breakdown is based on every $1,000 of taxable assessed property:

Maintenance and operations

2010: $1.93

2011: $2

2012: $2.09

2013: $2.17

Transportation

2011: 9 cents

Technology and critical repairs

2010: 49 cents

2011: 46 cents

2012: 58 cents

2013: 50 cents

The measures would ensure district officials are giving students a basic education, said Issaquah School District Superintendent Steve Rasmussen, “not what the state calls basic education, but what we call basic education.”

Chantelle Lusebrink: 392-6434, ext. 241, or clusebrink@isspress.com. Comment at www.issaquahpress.com.

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