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Two Lake Washington School District measures passing, bond failing

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The first returns from King County Elections on Tuesday night for the Lake Washington School District special election show the two levies passing easily but the bond measure failing to get the needed 60 percent of the vote to pass.

Prop. 3, which includes a $755 million bond, has 14,019 votes or 56.92 percent of the overall votes cast. The measure needs a 60 percent or a super majority yes vote and a minimum turnout of 18,503, which is has surpassed.

Prop. 1, Education Programs and Operations levy, is passing with 16,692 votes in favor, or 63.64 percent of the vote. If passed, the levy would cost $263.6 million over the course of four years. For homeowners, this comes to an estimated rate of about $1.85-1.92 per $1,000 of assessed property value, according to the district.

Prop. 2, the Capital Projects Levy, is passing with 16,425 votes in favor, or 62.56 percent of the vote. If passed, the second levy would pay for two types of capital projects: facilities and technology and would cost $127.2 million over the course of four years. For homeowners, this comes to an estimated rate of about 91 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value, according to the district.

The two levies are renewals and require a simple majority of 50 percent, plus one to pass.

The three measures will go toward the district’s everyday operations, technology needs and building upgrades as well as toward replacing aging schools and building new schools to accommodate the district’s growing enrollment.

The bond measure will also allow the district to continue with its modernization program with funds going toward replacing aging schools throughout the district.

Six schools in the district are scheduled to be replaced if the bond passes.

According to the district, the bond would cost homeowners 53 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value.

The vote-by-mail ballots were due Feb. 11 and the election will be certified by Feb. 25.

There were 18 jurisdictions with ballot measures in the February special election.

 

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