Published: Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Edmonds School District levy passing

School levy elections in Edmonds as well as the Arlington, Darrington, Granite Falls and Monroe school districts appear to be passing.
In the Edmonds School District, a four-year, $31.5 million replacement technology and capital improvement levy was before voters in Edmonds, Woodway, Lynnwood, Mountlake Terrace and Brier. Voters were approving the levy by a vote of 14,077, or 62 percent, to 8,656, or 38 percent, of the vote.
Compared with the voter percentages in the other districts on the ballot, Edmonds had the highest approval rate.
The money is set to be used to fund classroom computer technology and to make safety and building improvements. The levy is estimated to cost 44 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value from 2013 through 2016. For the owner of a home assessed this year at $310,000, the cost is estimated to be $136 a year.
About 37,137 ballots were tallied county wide on Feb. 14. Another round of vote totals is scheduled to be announced at 5 p.m. Feb. 15.
Snohomish County elections manager Garth Fell earlier this month predicted a 36 percent voter turnout and he anticipated that most of the ballots would be counted on election day. The number of ballots issued throughout the county was 132,268.
State law requires that school districts periodically ask voters to consider renewal of the local property tax levy. The levies on the ballot are not for new taxes but are replacements for property tax collection programs that expire this year. The tax that goes to schools is only a portion of a homeowner’s property tax.