Proposition 1 – Replacement Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) Levy
Quick look – Average annual amount per year: $49 million. This is less than the $51 million average per year of the levy expiring on Dec. 31, 2018.
Proceeds will fund:
- Early learning
- Summer school
- Extended-day programs
- Teaching materials and equipment
- Athletics and extracurricular activities
- Competitive staff salaries
- Professional training for staff
- Special education
- STEM programs
- Highly Capable programs
- Ongoing facilities and maintenance
Proposition 2 – Capital Bond
Quick look – proceeds from this $330.6 million bond will fund:
- Adding 36 permanent elementary classrooms districtwide to lower class size.
- Improving safety and access at Emerson and Jefferson elementary school, including new parking lots
- Everett HS cafeteria building modernization and expansion
- Cascade HS science building modernization and expansion
- Electrical systems upgrades districtwide
- HVAC upgrades at four schools and maintenance facility
- Land for a future elementary school #20
- Jackson HS classroom retrofits
- HVAC unit upgrades for 12 portable classrooms
- Modernizing portions of existing high school space to transform into career-connected learning centers focused on Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing (Cascade HS), Health & Medical (Everett HS), Communications and Information Technology (Jackson HS) and Energy and Sustainability (New HS #4)
If both the Capital Bond and Replacement Educational Programs and Operations Levy are approved, tax collections to complete those projects begin in 2019. That year the local school tax rate is projected to be $4.89 per each $1,000 of property value. That rate is the lowest local school tax rate for property owners in the district since 2013. The projected tax rate is expected to remain stable at $4.89 through 2024.
Note: The Everett School District website did not include information about upcoming changes to the state property tax rate to pay for education across the state.
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About this series: EEN’s School District Ballot Measure Overview provides voters with information about the February 2018 levy/bond ballot measures, compiled from each school district’s website. EEN intern Cami Brix contributed to this series.