After much public discussion, early returns of two Lake Washington School District levies and a bond were announced Tuesday evening.
According to King County Elections, Proposition 1, which acts as a replacement to the existing education and operations levy, received a total of 28,412 votes, with 15,232 “yes” votes and 13,180“no” votes. The measure is passing at 53.61 percent.
This replacement levy comes with a tax rate decrease and will provide about $63.5 million per year for a total of four years. It aims to pay for services not funded by the state such as extracurricular activities and athletics, staff salaries and operations.
Proposition 2, which updates a capital projects levy, received 28,328 votes and is passing at 54.24 percent with 15,366 “yes” votes and 12,962 “no” votes.
The objective of the measure is to provide students with access to technology and facility needs that aren’t funded on the state level.
This levy would provide an average of $36.7 million annually for four years. No tax increase will come as a result.
Intending to reduce overcrowding and adjust student learning environments to growing enrollment numbers through a bond measure, Proposition 3 received 28,346 votes and is failing at 53.1 percent, with 15,051 “yes” votes and 13,295 “no” votes. The bond, which needs 60 percent “yes” votes to pass, would ultimately provide $299 million in funding, with no tax rate increase.
This particular measure is the second of four bond measures needed to help adjust to rising enrollment numbers.