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City of Seattle

School ELECTION: February 12th, 2019

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Seattle Public Schools

Seattle School District Proposition #1

Vote YES for Seattle Schools

YES
The Board of Directors of Seattle School District No. 1 is proposing a three-year replacement levy to continue funding education programs not supported by the state for 53,000 Seattle students. The Legislature recently changed school funding formulas to increase state funding and reduce local levies. However, state funding falls short of students' needs. For instance, the state provided funding for 9 school nurses while the district employs 63 nurses.

Proposition No. 1 seeks to close that gap to pay for nurses, counselors, and custodians, as well as special education for 7,000 students. It would levy funds at $1.05 per $1,000 of assessed property value in 2020 and decline to $0.87 in 2022. The owner of a median $728,000 home would pay approximately $749 per year. Vote YES on Proposition No. 1 to give our Seattle teachers and students the resources they need to thrive!

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Seattle School District Proposition #2

Vote YES for Critical Safety Upgrades to Seattle Schools

YES
Seattle is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country and many schools are struggling to keep up with surging enrollments. The Board of Directors of Seattle School District No. 1 is seeking approval of a capital levy to fund the Excellence Program V to increase school capacity and implement important earthquake safety projects, renovations, and major maintenance. If passed, Proposition 2 would build space for 1,908 more students and eliminate 76 portables from schools. In addition, the capital levy would replace or modernize eight of the district's oldest schools, including Rainier Beach High School and Northgate Elementary. This important 6-year proposal would replace an expiring levy at the rate of $0.90 per $1,000 assessed home value in 2020 and decline to $0.56 in 2025, costing the owner of a median $728,000 home $655 per year.

Our students deserve better than overcrowded and outdated schools. Vote YES on the Seattle School District's Proposition No. 2!

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