Voters favor Issaquah school levies, library measure in early election results

February 9, 2010

By Staff

UPDATED — 8:25 p.m. Feb. 9, 2010

A levy package to supplement the Issaquah School District budget led overwhelmingly in results released by King County Elections on Tuesday night.

District voters appear headed to approve three levy replacement measures to supplement the district budget with more than $214 million by 2014. The package includes $172.5 million for maintenance and operations, $1.7 million for transportation and $38.4 million for technology and critical repairs.

The measures led with: 64 percent for the maintenance and operations levy, 63 percent for the transportation item and 64 percent for the technology and repairs levy.

If the measures pass as expected, taxpayers would pay $4.81 for every $1,000 of assessed property for the levies and the remainder of the 2006 bond.

A levy lid lift requested by the King County Library System also led in returns released Tuesday night. The measure led with about 51 percent of the vote.

Proposition 1 asked King County voters to restore the property tax rate to 50 cents per $1,000 in assessed value in 2011. A homeowner with a $400,000 home would pay $32 more next year if voters approved the measure. The measure would raise the rate for a year.

The next round of results will be released at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. The elections office predicted 35 percent turnout countywide in the all-mail election.

Tuesday marked the deadline to mail or drop-off ballots. Officials tallied 17,436 ballots — or about 31 percent — from school district voters by 8 p.m. The district stretches from Sammamish to Newcastle; the elections office mailed 56,313 ballots to district voters.

Elections officials posted results for more than 290,000 ballots Tuesday — the highest number of mail ballots posted on election night to date.

In the November general election, the office tabulated 254,000 mail ballots, compared to 117,000 in the 2008 presidential contest.

“Ballots have been arriving earlier and in greater quantities than we expected, and we’re still on target to meet, and possible exceed, our expected turnout of 35 percent,” Elections Superintendent Evelyn Arnold said in a statement. “Tonight’s posting reflects one of the many benefits of vote by mail for voters: our ability to provide more results on election night, as voters return their ballots.”

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One Response to “Voters favor Issaquah school levies, library measure in early election results”

  1. Joe on February 15th, 2010 5:37 pm

    And the same proponents of the measure are also the exact same ones complaining to me why their property taxes remain high (or even higher) yet their property values declined substantially.

    As everyone else tightens the purse, clearly it makes perfect sense for the Issaquah School District to open theirs.

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