Citizens in the Renton School District have an opportunity to continue their support for local student learning by voting “Yes” on both measures on the February 12, 2019 ballot. Even with approval of both of these measures, Renton School District tax rates will continue to drop for property owners.
- PROPOSITION 1: Building for Excellence School Construction Bond measure will provide funding to build a much-needed additional elementary school to accommodate the growth in the Highlands area of the district. Also included is improvements and renovations to most other schools including adding additional science classrooms to allow high school students to meet additional graduation requirements; roof replacement and repair, replacing aging boilers and heating and ventilation systems; improvements classroom climate controls; playground, ball field and parking lot repairs; and much more (see a list of school building improvements here).
- PROPOSITION 2: Education Programs and Operations Replacement Levy provides more than 19 cents of every dollar spent in classrooms, for student learning, teacher training and other district operations each year (see chart for district income and expense). The replacement levy will renew the district’s current three-year levy, which expires in 2016. Voter approval is required to maintain this source of local funding, which contributes to:
- classroom materials
- lower class size
- teacher salaries
- support staff
- school building maintenance
- school bus transportation, fuel and maintenance
- school lunches
- theater and arts
Tax rates will continue to decrease even with approval of both measures!
The total tax rate for both measures, including the School Construction Bond measure and the Education & Operations Replacement Levy, will drop to $3.52 per $1,000 of assessed property value (that’s $1.09/$1,000 less than the current rate). That means the owner of a median-priced home of $378,000 will save $412 per year. If your home is worth more, your savings is higher each year!