Issaquah schools levies pass handily
March 5, 2014
By Neil Pierson
Three Issaquah School District levy proposals passed with flying colors, according to elections results.
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 passed 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 passed 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 The levy will help the district purchase 71 new buses to replace outdated vehicles and plan for future student enrollment growth.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 received 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 counted 22,231 ballots of the registered 63,084 voters in the school district.
King County Elections certified the results from the Feb. 11 special election on Feb. 25.