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It’s not too late to vote! Ballots must be postmarked by Tuesday (tonight) at 8:00 pm

February 12th, 2013 · 3 Comments

A guest post by Suzanne Dale Estey

Magnolia Mom and member of the Schools First campaign

If you are registered to vote, you should have received your ballot in the mail for the renewal of two property-tax levies. Given an upsurge of enrollment in Seattle schools, these levies are more important than ever in providing the basic services and facilities our children need.

These levies, if passed, would have a significant impact on Seattle public schools as they would provide funding for school renovations and expansions. They would also provide for earthquake safety improvements for 37 schools.

Ballots are due Tuesday, February 12.  Here are additional details about the levies:

  • The Operations Levy will provide funding for about 27 percent of Seattle Public School’s operating budget. This levy funds everything from teacher and principal salaries to a 6-period high school day and school libraries. If renewed, the Operations Levy will direct $552 million to our public schools over three years.
  • The Capital Levy will provide $695 million over six years to fund earthquake retrofits, renovations and school building expansions in response to increased enrollment. At a time when many of the nation’s big city school districts are shrinking, Seattle’s public school student enrollment is rapidly growing. 1,400 additional students enrolled this year alone, with 7,000 more expected in the next decade in our already overcrowded schools. All schools are slated to receive technology upgrades in every school that include wireless internet access and improve accounting systems.

Failure to renew our school levies would be devastating to Seattle’s students and schools. Teachers and instructional aides would be laid-off, class size would increase and critical programs would be cut.

Both propositions are renewals of existing levies. If approved, these levies would cost the owner of a $400,000 home $13 a month over what the homeowner pays on the expiring levies.

For a map of the schools affected, click here.

 

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  • SmartAlleck

    It is too late.

  • MagRes

    I voted, but it passed anyway! Not surprising considering that school levies always seem to get voted through in Seattle. I love how they say it is just $13 more a month! What they don’t tell you is that is on top of the $1,000 a year that you are already paying if your a homeowner with a $400,000 home (oh, and not too many of those in Magnolia). It would be nice to see the District better utlitize what they own already, like the school on 28th Ave. that has been sitting vacant for 20+ years! They could probably sell that for a few million, which would reduce the levies.

    • Guest

      DeBell admitted they don’t maintain those properties and it takes millions to return them to usable or sale-able condition. It’s disgusting. Putting kids into trailer park schools when they have good buildings sitting and becoming eyesores!!