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$250 million bond proposal on February ballot

 

Last updated 11/20/2019 at 1:33pm



The Mukilteo School Board voted unanimously Nov. 12 to place a capital bond proposal before voters in the February 2020 election.

Planning for a potential 2020 bond began nearly two years ago and included community involvement through the Capital Bond Advisory Committee, which met several times in 2019 and reviewed the school and district facilities’ needs.

The school board heard a presentation on the committee’s recommendations to the superintendent Sept. 23. In October, community members were invited to learn more about the draft proposal, ask questions, and provide feedback during evening informational meetings.

“All of our schools are at or over capacity right now with more growth in sight. This bond would help provide the needed space for the growing number of students and extend the life of our current facilities,” board President Michael Simmons said.

The bond package includes $240 million to fund projects for the next six years, including:

● $160 million for major modifications and additions

● $52.4 million for facilities (HVAC, roofing, flooring, plumbing)

● $13.3 million for fields and courts

● $12.3 million for security upgrades at all schools

● $2 million for technology infrastructure at all schools

If the bond proposal passes, the total state and local tax rate is projected to increase by 9.4 cents per $1,000 of assessed value. This is the equivalent of $47 for a $500,000 home.

If approved by voters, the bond will help with the anticipated increase in students to the school district. According to Mukilteo School District, over 891 new students are projected in the next six years. Enrollment in the school district has grown by more than 1,000 students over the past 12 years.

The district said 100% of their schools are at or over capacity. By 2025, the area’s population is expected to grow by 20%.

Ballots will be mailed to homes Jan. 2,4 and the last day to vote is Feb. 11.

More details about the capital bond projects and frequently asked questions are available at https://www.mukilteoschools.org/Page/13863.

 

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