The following results for two Renton School District levies were posted Tuesday, Feb. 8, on the King County Elections website. The site reports that 12,551 ballots have been counted with 76,093 registered voters.
Renton School District Proposition No. 1
YES: 60.55 percent
NO: 39.45 percent
Background: Voters are being asked to continue the Education Programs and Operation Replacement Levy (EP&O). The levy would help fund arts, music, student athletics, extracurricular activities and academic support for students. The levy would also help fund school support staff such as nurses, counselors, librarians, custodians, paraeducators and transportation services for students. The combined local tax rate between this levy and a capital projects levy (if they both pass) would be projected to maintain a flat rate of $3.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value or less through 2026.
Renton School District Proposition No. 2
YES: 61.69 percent
NO: 38.31 percent
Background: Passage of Proposition No. 2 would authorize Renton School District to replace an existing levy for renovation of school facilities that will expire at the end of calendar year 2022. The proposed replacement capital levy authorizes the district to pay costs to renovate, modernize, improve and upgrade existing school facilities, including, but not limited to making health, safety, security, energy efficiency, educational, athletic and infrastructure improvements; and acquiring land and interests in land as sites for new and expanded facilities of the district.
The proposed four-year capital levy would authorize collection of taxes to provide $30,000,000 each year from 2023 through and including 2026. The tax levy rate required to produce these levy amounts is estimated to be $0.91 per $1,000 of assessed value in 2023, $0.87 in 2024, $0.85 in 2025, and $0.82 in 2026. Further information is available at the District’s website at https://www.rentonschools.us/.