A person turns in their ballot at a ballot box located near the Edmonds Library in Edmonds, Washington on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

A person turns in their ballot at a ballot box located near the Edmonds Library in Edmonds, Washington on Sunday, Nov. 5, 2023. (Annie Barker / The Herald)

11 tax measures on Snohomish County’s special election ballot

Tuesday is the deadline to vote on school levies in the Arlington, Edmonds, Lakewood, Sultan and Stanwood-Camano districts.

EVERETT — Over $1 billion in Snohomish County taxpayer dollars are on the line as several school, transportation and fire districts ask voters for funding on the Feb. 13 ballot.

Snohomish County Auditor Garth Fell wants voters to know that even though the deadline is quickly approaching, there’s still time to vote. He encouraged those who are unregistered to drop by the auditor’s office to complete registration.

Ballots are due by 8 p.m. Tuesday.

A list of ballot drop boxes can be found on the county voters’ pamphlet.

Arlington School District

Proposition 1: Asks voters whether or not to approve an expiring educational programs and operations levy. If approved, the proposition would allow the district to levy a property tax that would net about $55.9 million from 2025 to 2028, starting at a rate of $1.65 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

Proposition 2: Asks voters for their vote on the renewal of an expiring capital levy for “health, safety, infrastructure and facility improvements.” Upon approval, the district could collect up to $26.3 million from 2025 to 2028 at a rate of 77 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. This rate would fall to 76 cents in 2028.

Proposition 3: The measure asks voters whether or not to allow the school district to issue bonds to build a new Post Middle School. Passage of the proposition would allow the district to issue up to $95 million in general obligation bonds maturing within 21 years. This could cost an estimated $30.83 per month for the average homeowner, according to the voters’ pamphlet.

Edmonds School District

Proposition 1: Voters can decide whether or not to allow the school district to issue bonds for the construction of schools within the district. The district is asking for approval to issue up to $595 million in bonds, maturing within 21 years. This measure would not increase the existing tax rates within the district.

Proposition 2: This measure asks voters whether or not they want to allow the district to collect funds to replace an existing capital levy. The levies would allow the district to collect a total of $120 million in property taxes from 2025 to 2028 at a rate of 60 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. This rate would drop each year, falling to 53 cents in 2028.

Lakewood School District

Proposition 1: Passage would allow the district to replace an existing educational levy. The district could collect up to $31.4 million from 2025 to 2028 at a consistent rate of $1.73 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

Proposition 2: Would create a levy for school capital improvements and safety. The measure would allow the district to collect up to $17 million from 2025 to 2028 at a rate of 87 cents per $1,000 of assessed property value. The rate would climb each year, reaching 99 cents in 2028.

Sultan School District

Proposition 1: Asks voters whether or not to allow the district to issue bonds to “construct, modernize and approve schools.” Approval would allow the district to issue up to around $80 million in general obligation bonds maturing within 21 years. This could cost the average homeowner an average of $52.92 per month.

Stanwood-Camano School District

Proposition 1: Would allow the district to replace an existing school levy. The district could collect around $80 million from 2025 to 2028 at a rate of $1.42 per $1,000 of assessed property value.

Marysville Transportation Benefit District

Proposition 1: Asks voters whether or not they want to renew an existing 0.2% sales tax for transportation-related costs. If approved, the tax would go into effect in July, lasting through June 2034.

Fire District 22 (Getchell)

Proposition 1: The measure, if passed, would maintain the current EMS and fire levy of $1.50 per $1,000 of assessed value.

Ashley Nash: 425-339-3037; ashley.nash@heraldnet.com; Twitter: @ash_nash00.

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