School Levy Information

  • At their November 6, 2017 meeting, the Shoreline School District Board of Directors unanimously approved resolutions to place two four-year replacement levies on the February 13, 2018 special election ballot. These levies would replace existing levies that will expire at the end of 2018.

    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 programs, highly capable programs and remedial programs
    • Nurses, family advocates, librarians and counselors
    • Building maintenance, utilities and transportation
    • Extra-curricular student activities, including music, drama and athletics
    • Professional development for teachers and other staff

    The maximum tax rate for Proposition 1 would be $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value annually. This rate would collect:

    • $21,300,000 in 2019
    • $23,500,000 in 2020
    • $25,602,000 in 2021
    • $28,250,000 in 2022

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

    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

    The estimated tax rates for Proposition 2 would be as follows:

    $0.23 per $1,000 of assessed property value in 2019

    $0.21 per $1,000 of assessed property value in 2020

    $0.19 per $1,000 of assessed property value in 2021

    $0.17 per $1,000 of assessed property value in 2022

    These rates would collect $3,250,000 annually.

    Ballots will be mailed to registered voters on January 24, 2018 and must be returned or postmarked by February 13, 2018. To register to vote, visit www.kingcounty.gov/elections. Both levies require a 50% simple majority approval to pass.

    Click HERE for a copy of the Replacement Levies Informational Brochure that was mailed to voters on January 16, 2018.

Informational Presentation Video

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.

    Didn’t we just vote on something for the school district last year?

    Yes, there was a school bond approved by over 73 percent of Shoreline School District voters. Those bonds are funding the construction of an Early Learning Center and rebuilding Parkwood Elementary and Einstein and Kellogg Middle Schools.

    What is the difference between a bond and a levy?

    LEVIES are for LEARNING and student activities:

    • 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
    • Requires 50+ percent voter approval to pass

    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 

    What are the tax rates for the expiring levies and how do they compare to the rates for the levy renewals?

    If approved, our total local levy rate (EP&O and Technology levies), we estimate the tax rates would be:

    • $1.73 in 2019 (estimated)
    • $1.71 in 2020 (estimated)
    • $1.69 in 2021 (estimated)
    • $1.67 in 2022 (estimated)

     This is less than the expiring levies rates. The expiring levies rates were:

    • $3.31 in 2015 (actual)
    • $3.23 in 2016 (actual)
    • $2.47 in 2017 (actual)
    • $2.24 in 2018 (estimated)

    Why are you asking for less than the expiring levies collected?

    The Washington State Legislature recently approved a new school funding model. For our district, state property taxes are estimated to increase by $0.82 per $1,000 of assessed value. At the same time, the legislature placed a limit of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value or $2,500 per student, whichever is less for local levies.

    In our district, the $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value is less, so that is what we are asking voters to consider. 

    Who is eligible to vote on the replacement levies?

    All registered voters residing within Shoreline School District are eligible to vote on this bond.

    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 13, 2018 is the date ballots must be mailed or returned to a ballot drop box. Where can I drop off my ballot?

    Ballots will be mailed to voters on January 24, 2018.

    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.

Community Levy Presentation Schedule