Marysville, Arlington and Lakewood school districts, as well as the Tulalip Bay Fire District, will have levy and bond measures on the upcoming Feb. 11 ballot.
The levy measures will affect tax rates and funding for the local school districts and the fire district.
“Local elections are important and have a direct impact on the services our communities receive for the taxes we pay. The February 11 Special Election is no exception with ballot measures in most north county school districts,” said County Auditor Garth Fell.
The deadline to register to vote or update your information for the February election is Feb. 3.
Residents can check their registration status online as well, said Fell.
“I encourage all voters to make sure they are ready to participate this February by checking their voter registration online at votewa.gov,” he said.
Registration can be done at the same site.
“This online portal allows you to see your current address and submit changes, if necessary. And if you’re not registered, the portal directs you to a registration form,” said Fell.
The deadline to register for voting in-person is Feb. 11.
Washington state has mail-in ballots that are typically available a couple of weeks before voting day.
“Ballots for the Feb. 11 election will be mailed on Jan. 23 and can be returned without postage through any postal box or county ballot drop box,” said Fell.
Marysville School District
The Marysville School District’s capital levy would rebuild Liberty and Cascade elementary schools as well as provide safety and security improvements across the district.
Both schools are well over 60 years old.
The $120 million levy would mean an increased property tax rate of about $1.92 per $1,000 of assessed property value for four years.
More information about the levy is available at msd25.org/capital-levy-2020.
Arlington School District
The Arlington School District is running two levies and a bond on this ballot.
The Educational Programs and Operations Levy would replace an expiring levy. Formerly known as a ‘Maintenance and Operations’ levy, these levies provide funding for staff and programs not funded through the state.
In 2016 the former levy was approved for a property tax rate of $3.51 per $1,000 of assessed property value, but was reduced to $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value due to state law.
That law has been rolled back slightly and so this levy, if approved, would be a small increase to $1.70 per $1,000 of assessed property value.
A second levy would expand Arlington High School to meet growing population needs, improve STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) offerings and fund safety and security upgrades.
That levy would increase local property tax rate by $1.15 per $1,000 of assessed property value for four years.
Finally, a bond measure would rebuild Post Middle School. The 20-year bond would replace the middle school which does not have the infrastructure for modern STEM classes or security features.
It would cost an estimated $0.64 per $1,000 of assessed property value for the first four years and an estimated $0.94 per $1,000 of assessed property value for the remaining 16 years.
More information on these measures is available at asd.wednet.edu/2020_levies_and_bond.
Lakewood School District
Lakewood is running two levies on February’s ballot.
The Educational Programs and Operations Levy would replace an expiring levy. This levy provides money for extra-curricular activities and staff such as mental health support.
State law put a cap on the property tax of these levies of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value.
That law has been rolled back slightly and so this levy, if approved, would be an increase to about $2.17 per $1,000 assessed property value.
The technology and capital improvements levy provides the district with funds for building maintenance and technology for classrooms and security.
This levy would also replace a formerly approved levy and remain at a tax rate of $0.27 per $1,000 of assessed property value.
Tulalip Bay Fire District
Fire District 15 (the Tulalip Bay Fire District) has put an Emergency Medical Services measure onto the February ballot.
This measure would restore the district’s EMS levy to $0.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value.
For the next five years it would also allow the district to increase the levy collection amount up to 6 percent each year as long as the tax rate does not increase beyond $0.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value.