Voters approve Puyallup, Sumner levies in early election results


The technology levy is a state approved funding mechanism to allow districts to enhance classroom technology to prepare students for future education and careers. "Without the levy, our school district will change drastically". Both ballot measures only need a simple majority for passage.

Bellevue's $304 million enrichment levy, which would generate the greatest amount of money among all the King County enrichment levies, was passing with 53percent of the vote.

A statement on its website said if voters do not approve it, "It will mean the possible loss of one in five of all employees, and possible loss of services in music, the arts, drama, athletics and activities, and some special education and transportation programs".

In Entiat 62% of voters said yes to the Entiat School M& O levy.

"We appreciate the gracious and generous support from our community", Puyallup superintendent Tim Yeomans said in a press release.

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The school district wrote on their levy the tax they would implement if the cap remained, which would be the same as Cashmere, or if the McCleary Act was reconsidered, they would implement a $2.36 tax for 2019 and $2.33 tax for 2020. In Okanogan County the measure received 6 votes in favor and 6 no votes.

Failed levy measures could hit Kent especially hard.

This is the first election since legislators came up with a plan that they say fully funds basic education, as required by the state Supreme Court ruling known as the McCleary decision.

Even with rising enrollment - MVSD stands at about 1,291 students now - the rise in ADA (average daily attendance) funds will not cover what was lost from discontinued SRS (secure rural schools or "forest" funds). "We lose teachers. If that happens, there is no way around it - we lose families and businesses and it's a downward spiral", Scheibe said, emphasizing schools are an integral part of communities, and their economic well-being and growth. In King County, the average increase is about 17 percent this year, according to the King County Assessor's Office. Bonds require a 60 percent approval and a minimum voter turnout of 40 percent of voters who cast ballots in the last generation election.

A preliminary ballot count indicates overwhelming voter support for every school ballot issue in Chelan and Douglas County.