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Sumner-Bonney Lake School District to place replacement levy, bond on February ballot

On Nov. 13, the Sumner-Bonney Lake School District Board of Directors unanimously approved resolutions to place two propositions on the Feb. 11, 2020 ballot: Replacement Educational Programs & Operations Levy and Capital Projects Bond. 

“A lot of time, research and community input went into preparing these ballot measures, which are designed to benefit every student in the District,” said School Board President Rick Hendricks. “We take very seriously any funding package we bring to our voters and we’re grateful for the community’s longstanding support for our schools and our children’s education.”

Proposition 1: Replacement Educational Programs & Operations Levy

The current levy, which voters approved in 2018, expires in 2020. This is not a new tax.

  • Funds day-to-day operations of the district that are not covered by state funding
  • Enhances health, safety and security measures
  • Provides additional funding for special education 
  • Pays for teachers, paraeducators and support staff, including bus drivers, custodians and secretaries 
  • Funds access to supplies and instructional materials, including textbooks
  • Provides funds to help maintain school buildings
  • Provides access to arts, music, extracurricular and athletic opportunities
  • Funds staff training and development

If approved by voters, the four-year Replacement Educational Programs & Operations Levy amount of up to $2.50 per $1,000 of assessed property value will generate approximately:

  • $28 million in 2021 
  • $32.5 million in 2022 
  • $38 million in 2023 
  • $45 million in 2024 

For a property owner with an assessed value of $300,000, this equals approximately $750 annually, or $62.50 a month. 


Proposition 2: Capital Projects Bond
If approved, the $205 million measure will fund expansion of Sumner High School, including a new performing arts center, gym and pool; purchase of land for a future middle school, and turfed and lighted field on land to be acquired in Tehaleh.  

  • Sumner High School Expansion: Phase 2

 Key features:

- Increased safety and security
- New classrooms built with career-connected learning in mind
- New PAC with seating to accommodate testing with connection to arts instruction
- New gym with increased capacity built to accessibility standards
- New pool for continued use by the District’s swim and dive teams, and to allow for community use, including swimming lessons 

  • Purchase of property for a future middle school in Tehaleh
  • Funds a new turfed and lighted field on land to be acquired in Tehaleh 

Approval of this Capital Projects Bond will result in an estimated voter tax rate of $0.45 per $1,000 assessed value over 21 years. For a property owner with an assessed valuation of $300,000, this equals approximately $135 a year, or $11.25 a month.