Replacement Levies Information

  • The Shoreline School District Board of Directors has unanimously approved resolutions to place two four-year replacement levies on the February 8, 2022 special election ballot. These levies would replace existing levies that will expire at the end of 2022.

    There will be two propositions for Shoreline School District voters to consider:

    Proposition 1: Replacement of Expiring Levy for Educational Programs and Operations

    This replacement levy helps fund education programs not fully supported by state and federal funding, including:

    • Special education staff and instructional programs, highly capable programs and academic support for students
    • Nurses, family advocates, librarians, and counselors
    • Building maintenance, utilities and transportation
    • Extra-curricular student activities, including music, drama and athletics
    • Professional development and all Time Responsibility and Incentive (TRI) compensation for teachers and staff

    The average estimated tax rate over four years for Proposition 1 would be $1.41 per $1,000 of assessed property value annually. Please note that property values are determined by the King County Assessor, not what a real estate agent or website says it is. 

    The estimated tax rate for each of the four years and the amounts collected for use in educational programs and operations are listed in the table below:

    Year Estimated Levy Rate Estimated Revenue
    2023 $1.48 $26,000,000
    2024 $1.43 $26,500,000
    2025 $1.38 $27,500,000
    2026 $1.33 $28,750,000

    This accounts for roughly 20 percent of Shoreline School District’s operating budget.

    You can view the full text of Proposition 1 and the corresponding resolution here.

    Proposition 2: Replacement of Expiring Capital Levy for Technology Improvement and Support

    This replacement levy funds instructional technology and internet access for students and staff across the district. These funds help pay for:

    • Student and staff computers and technology access
    • Software, online subscriptions, resources and classroom curriculum
    • Annual maintenance and licensing
    • Equipment upgrades and replacement
    • Staffing, professional development and training
    • Network servers and wireless infrastructure
    • Email and website services for families, students, and staff

    The average estimated tax rate over fours years for Proposition 2 would be $0.18 per $1,000 of assessed property value annually. The estimated tax rate for each of the four years and the amounts collected are listed in the table below:

    Year Estimated Levy Rate Estimated Revenue
    2023 $0.20 $3,500,000
    2024 $0.19 $3,500,000
    2025 $0.18 $3,500,000
    2026 $0.16 $3,500,000

    You can view the full text of Proposition 2 and the corresponding resolution here.

    King County will mail ballots to registered voters on January 21, 2022. Ballots must be returned or postmarked by February 8, 2022. To register to vote, visit www.kingcounty.gov/elections. Both levies require a 50% +1 simple majority approval to pass.

    If you have questions regarding the proposed levy renewals, please contact our Public Information Office at public.info@shorelineschools.org or 206-393-4412.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a school levy?

    A levy is a local property tax collected by school districts to help finance the educational programs and operations of schools that are not fully funded by the state. The funds provided by the levies account for roughly 20 percent of Shoreline School District’s annual operating budget.

    What is the difference between a bond and a levy?

    LEVIES are for LEARNING and student activities:

    • Special education staff and instructional programs, highly capable programs and academic support for students
    • Nurses, family advocates, librarians, and counselors
    • Building maintenance, utilities and transportation
    • Extra-curricular student activities, including music, drama and athletics
    • Professional development and all Time Responsibility and Incentive (TRI) compensation for teachers and staff
    • Student and staff computers and technology access
    • Software, online subscriptions, resources and classroom curriculum
    • Annual maintenance and licensing
    • Equipment upgrades and replacement
    • Staffing, professional development and training
    • Network servers and wireless infrastructure
    • Email and website services for families, students, and staff

    BONDS are for BUILDING:

    • Bonds fund the building and modernization of schools
    • Bonds are financed over a long period of time, typically 20 years
    • Bond dollars cannot pay for classroom teachers, staff, programs or day-to-day support and expenses
    • Requires 60+ percent voter approval to pass 

    Who is eligible to vote on the replacement levies?

    All registered voters residing within Shoreline School District are eligible to vote on the replacement levies.

    How can I register to vote?

    Visit the King County Elections Website to learn how you can register online, by mail or in-person.

    When is the election?

    February 8, 2022 is the date ballots must be mailed or returned to a ballot dropbox. Where can I drop off my ballot?

    Ballots will be mailed to voters on January 21, 2022.

    I'm on a fixed income and have difficulty paying property taxes, are there tax relief programs available?

    Yes. King County offers tax relief for property owners in certain circumstances. You can learn more on their website.