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2022 Replacement Levies for Mukilteo School District
The Mukilteo School District has two measures on the February 8, 2022 ballot. The levy measures are replacement levies, which means they are the continuation of current taxes that are due to expire. They are not new or additional taxes, and they are needed to continue existing programs and services. If voters do nothing, the levies will lapse. Please don't let that happen during this critical time!
Educational Programs Levy
The current levy to fund educational programs will expire in 2022. The replacement levy (2023-2026) will continue programs such as athletics and elementary instrumental music, and pay for substitutes, extended-day lessons for students, new curriculum, and services for students receiving specialized support.
State funds only partially fund "basic education," and does not include many things that parents and teachers would assume are "basic", such as having enough teachers for optimal class sizes, para-educators, bus drivers, and nutrition staff.
Capital Projects (Technology) Levy
About 13,000 laptop devices were put into use in the past year and half.
This came with increased costs to manage and maintain those devices.
Servers and networks require periodic updates.
Technology has a lifespan; for the laptops, it is about 3 years.
The current levy will expire in 2022. The 2023-2028 replacement levy will allow students to continue to use laptops as part of their education and modernize technology systems throughout the district including student and staff computers, and classroom presentation equipment used in teaching.
The district provided 13,000 laptops to students during the pandemic.
Capital Projects (Facilities) Levy
Essential building systems are aging and require ongoing periodic maintenance.
Upgrades are needed to keep up with new energy efficiency standards and regulatory requirements.
Unexpected events (like a pandemic) require changes to existing HVAC systems.
All equipment has a lifespan: Security cameras from 2014 will need maintenance.
Funds collected from this levy will also be used for essential facility needs to ensure ongoing operations and learning environment safety. This includes maintaining and replacing security cameras and components of essential building systems, such as HVAC, electrical, plumbing, fire panels, etc. that were not covered by the bond.
There are currently 3112 middle and high school students participating in athletics,
and in 2019 there were 452 students in elementary band & orchestra.
Estimated Tax Rate
To fund both levies and continue existing services, the estimated levy rate per $1000 assessed value will increase by $0.23 in 2023, compared to 2021.
Wondering how property taxes are calculated?
If these measures do not pass, staff, student services, and programs will be reduced.
How Does Mukilteo Compare?
Mukilteo School District aims to be responsible stewards of precious tax dollars. Compared to other school districts, the tax rates to fund schools in Mukilteo are neither the highest, nor the lowest, landing on the "value" half of the tax rate chart.
Costs are about $5 million per year above what the state funds.