2022 RENEWAL LEVY FOR TECHNOLOGY AND FACILITIES IMPROVEMENTS
As of 8 p.m., April 26, 2022, the Renewal Levy for Technology and Facilities Improvements is failing at 42%. State law requires levies secure more than 50% simple majority approval in order to pass. You can keep track of the final vote totals at the Snohomish County Auditor’s election results page. The next round of results will be posted tomorrow at 5 p.m. and the election will be certified May 6, 2022.
These results are deeply disappointing. Getting a majority of any group of people to agree on almost anything is tough, especially when the issue involves taxes … but this is still a difficult night.
This levy would provide students with important technologies for learning. It would also help to keep our schools safe, warm and dry.
We will need to spend some time analyzing the results of tonight’s election and talking with the community to understand why the measure failed and to determine what should happen next.
Even though the measure did not reach the required majority approval, this levy represents an incredible amount of work by a lot of great people. The school board and I extend our heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you.
Local Funding for Local Priorities
Election date: Ballots must be returned by April 26, 2022 by 8 p.m.
This proposed renewal levy funds critical technology and facility needs not funded by the state. The district would collect a total of $3.8 million over four years.
Thanks to voter support in 2020, all of Lakewood’s 2,500 students had access to a Chromebook computer to use during online learning. When the 2020 levy expires at the end of 2022, this levy will replace it to keep devices updated, supported and properly maintained.
This levy will also restore funding for critical building and maintenance projects. In recognition of community hardship during the pandemic, the district ran a two-year technology-only levy in 2020. This measure will return the levy to a four-year renewal schedule.
Details of Renewal Levy for Technology and Facilities Improvements
Frequently Asked Questions
What will I pay?
If property values go up, do local schools get more funding?
Why is the district running another levy?
How has the pandemic impacted the district’s budget?
How is the district paying for additional facilities improvements after Lakewood High School ?
What is a renewal levy?
Does the District receive sales tax revenue from stores?
What is the difference between bonds and levies?
- Funds critical technology and facility needs not funded by the state
- Replaces levy expiring in 2022
- Four-year levy: 2023-2026
- Ballots are due by April 26, 2022
Register to Vote
Residents can register to vote online up to one week before Election Day or in person up to and on Election Day. For more information, visit the Snohomish County website.
Property Tax Exemptions
Some senior and disabled homeowners may be eligible for a property tax exemption, based on income. For details call the Snohomish County Assessor’s Office at (425) 388-3433 or visit their website.