Issaquah school levies passing comfortably

February 18, 2014

By Neil Pierson

Three Issaquah School District levy proposals appear to be well on their way to passing, according to early elections results.

King County Elections numbers from Feb. 14 showed Issaquah’s three measures were way above the 50-percent mark needed for approval.

The district’s four-year, $198 million maintenance and operations levy was passing with 69 percent approval. The measure, labeled as renewal of the current M&O levy, pays for teacher salaries and classroom-related costs not covered by the state.

A one-year, $1.7 million transportation levy was passing with nearly 71 percent approval. The levy will help the district purchase 71 new buses to replace outdated vehicles and plan for future student enrollment growth.

A four-year, $52 million capital levy aimed at improving technology and making key facility repairs was receiving 70 percent approval.

Taken together, the three levy measures will raise property taxes to $4.83 per $1,000 from 2015 through 2018. That represents an 8-cent increase over current rates, or a $40 annual increase on a $500,000 home.

The county has counted 22,077 ballots of the registered 63,084 voters in the school district so far.

King County Elections will certify the results Feb. 25.

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