School levy, bond ballots due by Tuesday

Voters throughout Snohomish County are facing a Tuesday deadline to mark their ballots for school district elections for bonds and tax levies.

Some 383,000 ballots have been mailed, and about 37 percent of voters are expected to participate, county elections manager Garth Fell said.

The number of returning ballots started out a little slow but picked up last week, Fell said.

Ballots must either be postmarked by Tuesday or returned to election drop boxes by 8 p.m.

The only districts that don’t have ballot measures are Index, Stanwood and Arlington. Levies are approved with a simple majority; bond issues require 60 percent voter approval.

The districts with measures on special election ballots are:

Edmonds: An operations levy and a $275 million bond issue for projects such as replacing Alderwood Middle School, Madrona School and Lynndale Elementary.

Everett: An operations levy and $259 million bond issue to pay for a new high school, a new elementary school and a major upgrade to North Middle School.

Marysville: A maintenance and operations levy as well as a technology levy that would pay for wide-ranging improvements including district-wide Wi-Fi, more electronic tablets and computers for students and installation of security cameras at each of the district’s 22 schools.

Monroe: A maintenance and operations levy and a technology levy that would bring in $7.5 million over six years.

Mukilteo: A maintenance and operations levy and a $119 million bond issue to pay for projects such as a new early-learning center, a building where all the district’s kindergarten students would be taught and a new elementary school.

Snohomish: An operations levy and a technology levy to fund instructional improvements, such as computers, wireless access and online communication.

Lake Stevens: An operations levy and a technology levy for classroom computers, professional training and technology support, and purchasing new equipment.

Lakewood: A $66.8 million bond issue for improvements to Lakewood High School and for additional educational programs and improvements to security, heating, plumbing and electrical systems.

Granite Falls: An operations levy, as well as a technology and school improvements levy to fund the purchase of computers and other equipment; to make safety, energy efficiency and other capital improvements to school facilities; and to purchase major equipment.

Northshore: An operations levy and a $177 million bond issue to build a new high school, modernize schools and purchase technology.

Sultan: A maintenance and operations levy to pay for the marching band, athletic teams, all-day kindergarten, technology, maintenance and middle-school advanced placement programs.

Darrington: Continuing the maintenance and operations levy.

Sharon Salyer: 425-339-3486 or salyer@heraldnet.com.

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