Friday, March 21, 2008

Mercer Island School District’s Capital Levy Passes

By Island Republican

On March 11, 2008, Mercer Island residents were asked to approve a four-year, $9.9 million levy to fund major maintenance projects and technology improvements. The measure will pay for security and fire-alarm upgrades across the district, roof replacement, interior and exterior painting, and field upgrades. Technology projects include new classroom document cameras and interactive whiteboards, and teacher and staff training in their use; replacement of outdated computers; and upgrades to the district network.

The effect on property taxes is the total school tax will be $183 per $100,000 assessed value annually, an increase of $10 over the current rate. For average the Mercer Island resident with a home value in excess of $1,000,000, the property tax amount will be more than $1830.00 annually.

Ballots Cast – 5,388 out 15,870 registered voters (33.95%)

Yes – 3,714 – 68.98%
No – 1,670 – 31.02%