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February ELECTION: February 9th, 2016

The Progressive Voters Guide compiles the information that allows you to make informed decisions about the races on your ballot, based on your values. Vote in every race and issue on your ballot! It's our right and our responsibility. Please share this guide with your friends and family.

Spokane County Ballot Measures

Spokane Fire District Proposition #1

Vote YES for Spokane County Fire District Proposition #1

YES
The Spokane Fire Protection District is proposing Proposition 1, a two-year, approximately $7.3 million Replacement Maintenance and Operation Levy. After last year's deadly windstorm, a YES vote is critical on this levy, as it generates 40% of the budget for the fire district. The funds from this levy will be used to cover such essential services as 24/7 firefighter staffing, paramedics, and emergency medical services. The levy rate is about $1.80 per $1,000 of assessed value on your property tax.

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School District Ballot Issues

Auburn School District

Auburn School District Proposition #1

Vote YES for Auburn Schools!

YES
The Auburn School District is proposing Proposition #1, a four-year, approximately $44 million per year replacement of the Educational Programs and Operations Levy. Your YES vote will pay teachers and staff, textbooks, classroom equipment, athletics, band, transportation costs, utilities and maintenance, and some special education services. The levy rate is about $6.19 per $1,000 of assessed value on your property tax.

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Bellingham Public Schools

Bellingham Public Schools Proposition #2016-1

Vote YES for Bellingham schools

YES
The Bellingham School District is proposing Proposition #2016-1, a four-year, approximately $34 million replacement Educational Support and Operations levy. This levy funds about 25 percent of the school's total budget. It helps lower class sizes, pay teachers, and support programs such as music, sports, and others. The levy rate is approximately $2.62 per $1,000 on your property tax.

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Bellingham Public Schools Proposition #2016-2

Vote YES for Bellingham technology access

YES
The Bellingham School District is proposing Proposition #2016-2, a four-year, approximately $11 million replacement Technology Capital Projects levy. This levy will fund computers, training for staff, science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, online safety education, and more. The levy rate is between $0.76 and $0.98 per $1,000 on your property tax, depending on the year.

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Edmonds School District

Edmonds School District Proposition #1

Vote YES for Edmonds schools

YES
The Edmonds School District is proposing Proposition 1, a four-year, $14.75 million per year replacement Technology/Capital Improvements levy. Your YES vote will help increase the number of students who have computers, add more online curriculum, replace older and outdated equipment, provide training and support, improve the wireless networks, and replace outdated software. The capital portion will help fix the roof, improve outdoor facilities, and upgrade the water system. The levy rate is between 56 and 59 cents per $1,000 on your property tax.

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Federal Way Public Schools

Federal Way Public Schools Proposition #1

Vote YES for Federal Way Schools

YES
The Federal Way School District is proposing Proposition #1, a six-year, $26.4 million replacement Technology Capital Projects levy. This will replace the existing levy, which helped enhance the wireless network, ensure more students and staff had access to laptops, and increase online learning, and will not be a new tax. Your YES vote will help develop professional development centers that each have a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics focus and house them at different schools. The levy rate is 37 cents per $1,000 on your property tax, which is no increase over current levels.

Fife Public Schools

Fife Public Schools Proposition #1

Vote YES for Fife Schools!

YES
The Fife School District is proposing Proposition #1, a six-year, $7.35 million per year Capital Projects Technology levy. The school district said the goal for this levy is to help students use tecnology to create and collaborate, and to get all 3,600 students a tablet or laptop. Your YES vote will help modernize the school with new computers, training, and usage support as well as support the construction, moderinization, replacement, and remodeling of school facilities to implement the school's technology plan. The levy rate is about 39 cents per $1,000 on your property tax.

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Lakewood School District

Lakewood School District Proposition #1

Vote YES for Lakewood Schools!

YES
The Lakewood School District is proposing Proposition #1, a four-year, approximately $6.6 million per year replacement of the Education Programs and Operations Levy. Your YES vote will help pay teachers and staff, operate buildings and school buses, support student programs such as athletics, and pay for technology advances. This important levy for basic school operations provides 24 percent of the district's budget. The levy rate is about $3.20 per $1,000 of assessed value on your property tax.

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Lakewood School District Proposition #2

Vote YES for Lakewood School Technology Updates

YES
The Lakewood School District is proposing Proposition #2, a four-year, approximately $700,000 per year replacement of the Capital Projects and Technology Levy. Your YES vote will pay for upgrades to equipment, software, wireless networks, training, and possibly infrastructure improvements. The levy rate is about 35 cents per $1,000 of assessed value on your property tax.

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Mercer Island Schools

Mercer Island Schools Proposition #1

Votes YES for Mercer Island School Repairs

YES
The Mercer Island School District is proposing Proposition #1, a six-year, approximately $6.4 million per year renewal of the Capital Projects Levy. Your YES vote will pay to repair roofs, build classrooms, improve athletic fields, and also ensure students have computers and access to online resources. The levy rate is about 55 cents per $1,000 of assessed value on your property tax.

Mercer Island Schools Proposition #2

Vote YES for New Mercer Island School Buses

YES
The Mercer Island School District is proposing Proposition #2, a one-year, $750,000 renewal of the School Transportation Levy. Your YES vote will provide safe transportation for students by repairing aging buses and buying additional buses. The levy rate is about 07 cents per $1,000 of assessed value on your property tax.

Mukilteo School District

Mukilteo School District Proposition #1

Vote YES for Mukilteo Schools!

YES
The Mukilteo School District is proposing Proposition #1, a six-year, $3 to $4 million per year replacement of the Capital Projects Levy. Your YES vote will pay to renovate school buildings, improve playgrounds and ventilation, update security systems, and replace boilers and out-of-date plumbing. The levy rate is about 27 cents per $1,000 of assessed value on your property tax.

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North Thurston Public Schools

North Thurston Public Schools Proposition #1

Vote YES for North Thurston schools

YES
The North Thurston School District is proposing Proposition #1, a five-year, approximately $25.5 million per year Replacement of Expiring Levy for Educational Programs, Maintenance and Operations. This levy, which pays for 21 percent of the school's budget, is especially important because the Republicans in the state Senate have blocked necessary state funding for local schools. Your YES vote will pay for teachers and staff, school supplies, athletics, band, career and technical education, special education, advanced placement classes, and English as a second language programs. The levy rate is about $3.57 per $1,000 of assessed value on your property tax.

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Olympia School District

Olympia School District Proposition #1

Vote YES for Olympia schools

YES
The Olympia School District is proposing Proposition #1, a four-year, approximately $26 million per year Replacement of the Expiring Educational Maintenance and Operations Levy. Your YES vote will pay for teachers and staff, school supplies, athletics, band, transportation costs, and building operations. This important levy for basic school operations provides 25 percent of the district's budget. The levy rate is about $3.10 per $1,000 of assessed value on your property tax.

Olympia School District Proposition #2

Vote YES for Olympia school repairs

YES
The Olympia School District is proposing Proposition #2, a $160,700,000 Bond to Construct and Renovate School Facilities and Make Safety Improvements. Your YES vote will pay for day-to-day learning needs such as teaching, school supplies, athletics and other activities, and transportation as well as building needs like extra classrooms, renovations, a new Capital High School theater, and more. The rate per property owner is about $2.35 per $1,000 of assessed value on your property tax.

Renton School District

Renton School District Proposition #1

Vote YES for Renton schools

YES
The Renton School District is proposing Proposition #1, a five-year, approximately $53 million per year replacement of the Educational Programs, Maintenance, and Operations Levy. Your YES vote will help pay teachers and staff, operate buildings and school buses, support student programs such as athletics, music, and theater, lower classroom sizes, and pay for textbooks and other classroom materials. This important levy for basic school operations provides 24 percent of the district's budget. The levy rate is about $2.73 per $1,000 of assessed value on your property tax.

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Renton School District Proposition #2

Vote YES for Renton school repairs and a new elementary school

YES
The Renton School District is proposing Proposition #2, a six-year, approximately $25.5 million per year "Building for a Lifetime of Learning" renewal of the Capital Levy to Construct and Renovate School Facilities. Your YES vote will pay for a new, much-needed elementary school as well as renovations to existing schools such as roofs, boiler and floor replacements, windows and climate controls, playgrounds, and technology tools and software. The levy rate is about $1.25 per $1,000 of assessed value on your property tax.

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Seattle Public Schools

Seattle Public Schools Proposition #1

Vote YES for Seattle schools

YES
The Seattle School District is proposing Proposition #1, a three-year, approximately $250 million per year renewal of the current Operations Levy. Our underfunded classrooms need your help to ensure every student has the tools they need to succeed. Your YES vote will pay for teachers and staff, textbooks, classroom equipment, athletics, band, transportation costs, and bilingual and special education services. The levy rate is approximately $1.44 per $1,000 of assessed value on your property tax.

Seattle Public Schools Proposition #2

Vote YES for Seattle school repairs

YES
The Seattle School District is proposing Proposition #2, a six-year, $79.2 million per year renewal of the Buildings, Technology, and Academics Capital Levy. Our overcrowded schools are counting on you to vote YES, as this levy adds 2,050 new classroom seats to the growing district. Your YES vote would also fund construction for earthquake and other safety projects, renovations and additions, major preventive maintenance, green school initiatives, special education program modifications, and technology improvements, among other things. The levy would cost approximately 42 cents per thousand dollars of assessed property.

Spokane School District

Spokane School District Proposition #1

Vote YES for East Valley Spokane schools

YES
The East Valley School District is proposing Proposition #1, a four-year, approximately $13 million per year Replacement of the Expiring Educational Maintenance and Operations Levy. Your YES vote will pay for textbooks and teaching materials, libraries, special education programs and programs for both struggling and advanced students, music, drama, art, and also utilities and maintenance. This important levy for basic school operations provides 25 percent of the district's budget. The levy rate is $4.40 per $1,000 of assessed value on your property tax.

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Vancouver Public Schools

Vancouver Public Schools Proposition #1

Vote YES for Vancouver schools

YES
The Vancouver School District is proposing Proposition #1, a three-year, approximately $47 million per year Replacement Maintenance and Operations Levy. Your YES vote will pay for teachers and staff, textbooks and other classroom supplies, athletics and other activities, special education, school security, maintenance, utilities, and more. The levy rate is about $3.02 per $1,000 of assessed value on your property tax.

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Vashon Island School District

Vashon Island School District Proposition #1

Vote YES for Vashon school repairs

YES
The Vashon School District is proposing Proposition #1, a $26 million General Obligation bond that has a maximum term of 21 years. Your YES vote will pay for a new gym and replace the 50-year-old track with a new track and field at the high school, as well as upgrades such as new roofs, flooring, windows, and other structural fixes to the elementary, middle and high schools. The rate per property owner is about $4.32 per $1,000 of assessed value on your property tax.

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Yakima Public Schools

Yakima Public Schools Proposition #1

Vote YES for Yakima schools

YES
The Yakima School District is proposing Proposition #1, a one-year, approximately $14 million Replacement Maintenance and Operations Levy. Your YES vote will pay for smaller class sizes, special education programs and programs for both struggling and advanced students, music, drama, art, and athletics, all day Kindergarten and early learning, English language development, transportation and school security officers, and more. The levy rate is $3.03 per $1,000 of assessed value on your property tax.

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