Initial results show Edmonds School District levy passing

ESD-color-apple-2Initial results show Edmonds School District voters support a replacement technology/capital improvements levy.

As of Wednesday morning, 61.9 percent of voters in the district approved the levy while 38.1 percent voted no.

The four-year, $59-million measure will replace the 2012 voter-approved measure that is expiring in 2016.

The majority of funding – $32,388,000 – will go toward technology, including over time providing a Chromebook for every Edmonds School District student in grades 3-12. There is $11.7 million allocated to outdoor facilities improvements, including athletic fields and tennis courts. A total of $8.3 million has been earmarked to upgrade roofing systems at several schools, and $1 million has been allocated for school/parent group partnership programs, which provides matching funds for fundraising efforts taking place in schools.

“A heartfelt thanks to all of you, those who volunteered and our supportive community for the overwhelming and affirming support with the replacement levy,” Superintendent Nick Brossoit said in an email to staff. “As you know, there is a great deal of work with technology and capital improvements that we will now be able to plan for, continue and enhance going forward as a result of the passage of this measure.”

The replacement levy collection averages $14.75 million per year for each of the four years, 2016 through 2019. The levy would authorize the school district to replace a levy that expires this year. The imposed property tax would be between 56 and 59 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value.

For each $100,000 of assessed value, the cost is estimated to be $59 annually, or for a home assessed at $400,000, the cost is estimated to be $236 annually. The money would go to new technology and building system improvements.

You can learn more on the Edmonds School District levy webpage.

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