Proposition 1: Capital Projects and Technology Levy

  • Renewal of this levy will raise $38.4 million over six years to pay for repairs to maintain buildings currently in use and for safety-related upgrades to existing buildings and facilities. It will also fund the district’s technology program, ensuring that professional development, infrastructure and technology hardware stay up-to-date for students.

    Capital Projects


    School exteriors
    Asphalt roofs at all elementary schools and the high school will be replaced and their exteriors painted.

    Updated interiors
    Kitchens and kitchen equipment will be upgraded at all existing schools, with selected carpet, paint, furniture, play equipment and pavement surfaces re-done or replaced.
     
    Ball fields and sports facilities
    • Replace the high school track surface, turf, and lights. The junior-varsity grass field will be replaced with field turf, and the track at Islander Middle School will be resurfaced.
    • Elementary play surfaces will be replaced.
    • The high school tennis courts will be renovated, adding court lighting.
    High School Tennis Court
    Above: MIHS Tennis court  

    Greater energy efficiency
    • Old boilers, hot water tanks and kitchen equipment will be replaced.
    • New lighting will be more efficient and lower energy bills.
    • The greenhouse at Crest Learning Center will be replaced.
    • New roofing material will insulate buildings.

    Technology


    Funding will support the 1:1 technology-hardware program, which provides every student in grades 4-12 with individual devices to use with teachers for classroom learning. Learn more. 
     
    elementary students collaborate using an iPad
              • Technology hardware will be replaced as needed and educational software purchased.
              • Grants and training provided for teachers plus new technology curriculum and materials.



     

     
     
     
     
     

     

     
     
     

     

     

     

     

    Safety


    The levy will pay for upgrades and new safety/security measures at all schools including the administration building.

    What’s the cost?


    If passed, Propositions 1 and 2 will maintain the same combined estimated tax rates now paid by property owners on Mercer Island for school district purposes.

    For Prop. 1, property owners would pay an average of $0.55 per thousand dollars of assessed value, each year for six years in property taxes. A resident with an assessed property value of $1 million would pay about $550 per year, or about $46 per month.
     
     

     

    Proposed amount:

    Home value

    2016 estimated tax

     

    Annual

    Monthly

    $600,000

    $330

    $28

    $1 million

    $550

    $46