Frequently Asked Questions
Why a levy versus a bond?
This is a renewal of the expiring technology and capital projects levy that was passed 4 years ago. Given the pandemic’s impact on Everett School District families and financial uncertainties, many felt now was not the right time to propose a larger bond. In addition to supporting the 1:1 device program for students and staff, which became imperative during the recent school closures, the capital levy includes a streamlined list of the most critical and immediate capital and maintenance projects, while keeping the tax rate below 2020 levels.
Why does this technology and capital levy include projects from the 2020 proposed bond?
Due to expiring capital debt, the technology and capital projects levy has room to include some of the most critical capital needs that would have been included in the bond. This measure is not a re-run of the 2020 bond. Instead, it includes only a portion of the projects to address the most immediate needs in overcrowding, safety, critical repairs, and technology infrastructure.
Why do school districts ask for local levy funding? Didn’t the Legislature fully fund education under the McCleary Decision?
Most school districts in Washington State have local levies, authorized by the Legislature, to fill critical gaps in state funding such as nurses, counselors, special education, advanced learning, sports, extracurriculars, and early childhood education. There are also funding gaps for critical building maintenance and construction.
Why do we need a separate measure for construction?
The state provides limited funding for new school construction and does not cover the cost of building renovations, major maintenance projects or modernized space for STEM programs. Our district’s 1:1 student to device ratio is also supported through this technology and capital projects levy. Thanks to the voter-approved technology levy in 2016, the district was well-positioned to transition to remote instruction when required to do so in 2020.
Will the district collect more levy money if my home value increases?
No. The total amount collected by the levies is fixed. If home values increase, the tax rate will decrease and the amount the district collects will remain the same, which results in a stable tax bill for the average homeowner.
What two elementary schools will be rebuilt and why were they chosen?
Jackson Elementary School and Madison Elementary school are planned for replacement with this funding. These are two of the three elementary schools identified for replacement from the 2020 bond. The Bond Planning committee (a group of district employees, parents, and community members) was provided information on facility condition, enrollment and district priorities and asked what projects from the 2020 bond measure we recommended be included. That information was then presented to the school board, who approved the final list (and amount).
Why now, during COVID and financial uncertainty?
Both levies are renewals of levies that are expiring at the end of 2022 and were previously approved by the voters. Failure to renew these measures now would result in drastic cuts to programs and services that our students currently rely on. Because of expiring debt, voting YES on both measures maintains a stable tax rate below 2020 levels.
Additional information can be found at:
District website - www.everettsd.org/Page/30400
Campaign website - www.imvotingyes.com/
Campaign Facebook - www.facebook.com/ImVotingYesforStudents/
If you have questions or need help, contact one of our volunteers:
Jared Kink, cell 206-779-4080
Michelle Nims, cell 425-501-8767
Caroline Mason, cell 425-238-7308