Thank you, Seattle voters! Two school measures passing
As of 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013
King County Election results show that Seattle voters were passing two school measures on the special election ballot – Seattle Public Schools’ $551.9 million operations levy renewal and its $694.9 million capital levy renewal.
The special election results will be updated daily at the King County Elections website until final results are certified on Feb. 26.
Proposition 1 – the operations levy renewal – was passing with 74.11 percent, or 80,112, voting to approve the levy. About 25.89 percent, or 27,990 residents, voted against the levy.
This operations levy would provide 27 percent of the money needed to operate Seattle Public Schools. It would help cover the day-to-day costs, including teachers, textbooks, transportation, security, Special Education programs, and student activities, such as athletics, music and art.
Proposition 2 – the capital levy renewal – was passing with 71.58 percent, or 77,222, voting to approve the levy. About 28.42 percent, or 30,659 residents, voted against the levy.
The Building Excellence IV (BEX IV) capital levy would provide the money for construction or renovation of 17 school buildings, earthquake safety improvements at 37 additional schools, integrated security cameras at 19 schools. It also would fund projects to address increased enrollment, reduce the maintenance backlog and provide technology improvements throughout the District.