Some common questions we have received.
School bonds are very much like home mortgages. Like home mortgages, they are paid off over time. State law allows schools to take as many as 30 years to pay off bonds. Everett Public Schools pays off its bonds in 20 years or fewer. Just like homeowners save money by paying off a mortgage in fewer years, Everett Public Schools’ practice of shortening a bond term when possible helps save taxpayers money.
Washington state does not pay to build new schools. The state does not pay to renovate older schools or for costly, major maintenance projects. Instead, local voters must approve school bonds to build and make major school improvements.
A 30 member Capital Bond Planning Committee comprised of parents, community members, local business leaders, students and school district staff was charged with developing a recommendation describing the scope and size of the district’s next bond. They met six times over the course of the 2018-19 school year and studied enrollment and population growth projections, descriptions and costs of potential bond projects, voter sentiment related to bonds and levies, the effect of bonds on property tax rates, and the high school boundary revision process. Some members also participated in a tour of several school sites to better understand the physical condition of these facilities.
Based on the guiding principles developed by the district and adopted by the school board, this committee brought a recommendation to the superintendent, which was approved unchanged by the board in October 2019.
In 2021, when taxes are collected for this bond, the rate for local school taxes will be the lowest rate in the past 10 years – $4.78 per $1,000 of assessed home value.
Yes, some senior citizens, military personnel and those with disabilities can qualify for property tax exemptions by contacting the Snohomish County Auditor’s office at 425-388-3444.
- Relieve overcrowding – Voting YES creates 58 new, permanent elementary classrooms across the district – the equivalent of almost two new elementary schools. Voting YES limits class sizes and the reliance on portables. Enrollment is projected to continue rising with 1,585 more students by 2030 and we must act now to prevent worse overcrowding and higher costs down the road.
- Improve safety and security – Voting YES makes safety improvements in all our schools. While the district’s newer schools are built with secure, monitored entrances, many older schools are badly in need of updates.
- Create STEM career pathways – Voting YES modernizes high school classrooms for STEM career programs in high-demand industries like aerospace and healthcare, and upgrades science classrooms across the district. Every child deserves the opportunity to succeed, regardless of background or family’s income.
When it first began its work, most members of the Capital Bond Planning Committee thought a new high school would be part of the bond. During the time the committee spent together, the school board approved changes to high school boundaries to relieve the overcrowding at Jackson High School. As a result, the committee decided there were more pressing facility needs for capital funding than a new high school. They studied and selected other critical projects from across the district and chose ones that have the greatest impact to student achievement.
State law mandates that bond funds be used to build and renovate facilities, buy land and buy capital items such as portables or equipment. Bond dollars cannot be used to pay for classroom operations or for teacher salaries.
Bonds need a supermajority (60% or more) of YES votes to pass.
You can register to vote online at https://voter.votewa.gov/ or in person at Snohomish County Elections office at 3000 Rockefeller Ave, Admin West Building, 1st floor, Everett, WA.
Everyone in Snohomish County must vote by mail -- there are no polling locations. To count, your ballot must be postmarked or in a ballot box no later than April 28, 2020. Ballot boxes for Everett Public Schools elections are located at:
- Everett McCollum Park and Ride, 600 128th St SE
- Everett Courthouse Campus, Rockefeller Ave and Wall St
- Everett Mall, 1402 SE Everett Mall Way
- Everett Community College behind WSU building, 1001 N Broadway Ave
- Mill Creek (in turnaround new post office), 159th Pl SE and Mill Creek Blvd