King County certifies Issaquah school levies

March 4, 2014

By Staff

King County Elections has officially certified results for the three Issaquah School District levy measures that appeared on the Feb. 11 ballot.

On the certification date, Feb. 25, all three measures passed by wide margins. A four-year maintenance and operations levy received 69.27 percent support; a four-year capital projects and critical repairs levy got 70.31 percent support; and a one-year transportation levy passed with 70.89 percent support.

The school district will collect $1.7 million in 2015 to purchase 71 new buses. The new vehicles will replace outdated ones and help the district plan for future enrollment growth.

From 2015-18, the district will get $52 million for various capital expenses, including tablets, laptops and other electronic devices, new portable classrooms and salaries for technology staff.

During the same four-year period, the district will receive $198 million from the M&O levy. That will pay roughly 21 percent of all classroom-related expenses, including teacher salaries, special-education programs and extracurricular activities.

For the owner of a $500,000 home, the levies will increase property taxes by $40 a year.

 

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