Issaquah school levies, King County library measure lead in latest election results

February 10, 2010

UPDATED — 3:17 p.m. Feb. 12, 2010

Celebration was in the air as Issaquah School District officials gathered to welcome election results Tuesday.

The celebration continued Thursday with the results released at 4:30 p.m. showing district ballot measures leading with 65 percent for a maintenance and operations levy, 63 percent for a transportation levy and 65 percent for a 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.

Levy supporters gathered Tuesday night to await early results. As the numbers appeared on the King County Elections Web site just after 8 p.m., sighs of relief, high fives and victory cries erupted from partygoers.

Superintendent Steve Rasmussen thanked voters for their support.

“This campaign was a community effort and took an army of volunteers stepping up because they know it is the right thing to do for our community,” he said. “Schools are the cornerstones for thriving and wonderful communities to live in. I think this bodes well for our community because they know the value and importance of education.”

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

February 9, 2010

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.

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Getting out the voters

February 2, 2010

Aoife Buckley (left), a first-grader, and her dad Martin Buckley, arrive at a rally for evening rush-hour motorists Jan. 22 at the corner of Front Street and Sunset Way to encourage passage of the three Issaquah School District levies. By Greg Farrar

Ballot returns for Feb. 9 election outpace elections office projections

January 29, 2010

NEW — 10:35 a.m. Jan. 29, 2010

Voters outpaced King County Elections’ estimates for projected daily returns by more than 10,000 ballots. Officials expected fewer ballots would be returned by Wednesday, but the office had received more than 120,000 ahead of the Feb. 9 special election. About 140,000 ballots — or 13 percent — had been received by Thursday.

King County voters will decide a library levy lid lift, and Issaquah School District voters will weigh three school levies in the all-mail election. Officials had received 8,410 ballots — or about 15 percent — of the ballots from school district voters by Thursday.

“We base our projections on voter behavior from previous elections to help us prepare for each upcoming election,” Superintendent of Elections Evelyn Arnold said in a statement. “We’re always pleased when voters exceed our expectations by getting their ballots back to us earlier than expected because it allows us to report a higher count on Election Day.”

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District opted out of voters’ guide

January 26, 2010

The voters’ pamphlet mailed by King County Elections baffled Issaquah School District voters when the guide arrived in mailboxes earlier last week. The mailer contained no information about the three district levies on the Feb. 9 ballot.

The lack of information, however, was not a mistake. District officials opted not to include information in the guide to save money — about $7,000.

But the pamphlets confused voters because the elections office included information about other school district levies. Klahanie voters received pamphlets with information about the Vashon Island School District levy, while south Issaquah residents now know about Tahoma School District’s levy.

Kim van Ekstrom, a spokeswoman for the elections office, said the format resulted from another money-saving measure. Without local items on the ballot, the office sent the same guides to various ZIP codes to cut costs.

Guides sent to voters in Issaquah do contain information about the King County Library System levy lid lift.

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Voters are asked to approve school levies

January 26, 2010

Editor: This story contains corrected information, indicated by a red asterisk.

The Issaquah School District is asking for voters to approve three levy replacement measures to supplement the district’s budget with more than $214 million by 2014. To pass, 9,908 ‘yes’ votes are needed by the Feb. 9 deadline.

The levy package includes a $172.5 million maintenance and operations levy, a $1.7 million transportation levy, and a $38.4 million technology and critical repairs levy.

“Levies are mandatory for our school district to operate,” said Kelly Munn, co-chair of the pro-levy Volunteers for Issaquah Schools organization. “They were created to provide enhancements to schools, extra things. Over the years they’ve become the bread and butter. They pay for teachers and books.

“If we weren’t to have it, it would be devastating to the education system in Issaquah because such a huge amount, around 20 percent of our budget, is made up of the levies,” she said. “That is huge.”

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Endorsements line up in support of levies

January 26, 2010

Endorsements are a way of life for campaigns and the Volunteers for Issaquah School’s levy campaign is no exception. Read more

Issaquah School District opted not to include levy information in voters’ guide

January 22, 2010

NEW — 12:40 p.m. Jan. 22, 2010

The voters’ pamphlet mailed by King County Elections baffled Issaquah School District voters when the guide arrived in mailboxes earlier in the week. The mailer contained no information about the three district levies on the Feb. 9 ballot.

The lack of information, however, was not a mistake. District officials opted not to include information in the guide to save money.

But the pamphlets confused voters because the elections office included information about other school districts’ ballot measures. Klahanie voters, for instance, received pamphlets with information about the Vashon Island School District levy.

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Lack of school levy information in voters’ guide surprises Issaquah voters

January 21, 2010

NEW — 7:40 p.m. Jan. 21, 2010

The voters’ pamphlet mailed by King County Elections baffled Issaquah School District voters when the guide arrived in mailboxes earlier in the week: The guide contained no information about the three district levies on the Feb. 9 ballot.

The district stretches from Sammamish to Newcastle, and includes Klahanie, Preston and other parts of unincorporated King County.

Four Lakes voters, for instance, received a pamphlet with information about the Enumclaw and Tahoma school districts’ levies, but nothing about the local levy. Four Lakes is part of the Issaquah district.

Meanwhile, voters in Klahanie received pamphlets with information about the county library levy and the Vashon Island School District levy. The seven-page guide mailed to residents in the ZIP code contains no information about the Issaquah district levies.

Guides mailed to Issaquah district voters also included information about the King County System Library levy lid lift — another measure on the February ballot.

A King County Elections spokeswoman could not be reached for comment Thursday night.

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Levy asks voters to OK $38.4 million for technology, school repairs, maintenance

January 19, 2010

Issaquah School District officials are seeking voter approval of three levies, including a capital levy for critical repairs and technology. Read more

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