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About the Vote

Vote “Yes” for North Thurston Schools by February 11, 2020!

  • Equity in school facilities and programming.  North Thurston Schools worked with community stakeholders to identify student needs across our district.  The bond and levy proposals reflect that community feedback, ensuring that every student – no matter where they live in North Thurston Public Schools – has access to a safe, healthy learning environment.

  • Renewing our commitment. North Thurston voters have been strong supporters of our schools, which are among our community’s greatest assets.  Voting “Yes” on our schools renews this commitment, making financially responsible investments in our community’s future.

  • A sound investment.  Renewing our commitment will not increase the local estimated education tax rate!  In fact, the tax rate will be lower than when North Thurston voters last overwhelmingly approved a bond.

What are we voting on?

In Washington State, school districts rely on voter-approved funding to cover costs not covered by the state.  On February 11, 2020, voters in the North Thurston Public School District will be asked to consider two measures:

  • The Educational Programs and Operations (EP&O) levy, which funds the day-by-day operational costs for our schools.

  • A capital bond, which funds safety and security in schools, as well as remodeling and construction of aging schools.

What do the EP&O levy do?

The North Thurston EP&O levy is not a new tax.  It is a levy that must be renewed every four years.  A “Yes” vote maintains funding for:

  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs, which are crucial to student success in today’s world

  • Preparing students for further education and careers, including skilled trades work, four-year universities, community college, or military service

  • Additional teachers, nurses, counselors, and mental health services not covered by state funding

What does the capital bond do?

While levies are for learning, bonds are for building.  An “Approved” vote on the bond means:

  • Safety and security improvements at every neighborhood school in North Thurston Public School District.  This includes secure entrances, traffic safety improvements, crisis communication upgrades, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements, and fire and emergency system improvements

  • Major renovations of River Ridge High School and Komachin Middle School, ensuring those facilities remain healthy, safe learning environments

  • Much-needed roof replacements and heating/cooling system repairs at Horizons Elementary, Meadows Elementary, and Seven Oaks Elementary

  • Specific facility improvements at every neighborhood school in North Thurston Public School District

  • Community-accessible playground and athletic field renovations

How much do these measures cost?

If approved, the levy rate would be $2.50 per $1,000, and the bond rate would be $2.46 per $1,000.  That makes a total combined rate of $4.96 per $1,000 of assessed valuation.  For an average home value of $300,000, that’s $1,488 per year for both the bond and levy.

This is a reinvestment in our schools.  It will not increase the local estimated education tax rate!  In fact, the tax rate will be lower than when North Thurston voters overwhelmingly approved the last bond.

How can I get involved?

North Thurston Citizens for Schools (NTCFS) is a group of parents, teachers, and community leaders dedicated to renewing our investment in local schools.  We have tons of volunteer opportunities, from voter outreach to opportunities for the shy among us.

Of course, don’t forget to vote by February 11!  You can check your voter registration status or update your address at www.thurstoncountywa.gov/auditorEvery vote matters – we hope North Thurston Schools can count on your support!

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