Proposition No. 2 - Ballot Measure
The Board of Directors of Burlington-Edison School
District No. 100 approved a proposition for a bond.
This proposition would authorize the District to
construct a 7-8 middle school, relocate the alternative
high school, construct and equip a new gymnasium
and remodel portions of West View Elementary,
including parking and portables, provide elementary
safety and security upgrades and issue up to
$89,000,000 of general obligation bonds maturing
within a maximum term of 20 years, and levy excess
property taxes annually to repay the bonds, as
described in Resolution #850.
What is a School Bond?
The State of Washington does not fund the regular
building or maintenance of public schools. Instead, local
voters must approve school bonds for this purpose.
Similar to a mortgage, bonds may be paid for over 20
years, helping to keep annual costs lower for taxpayers.
State law mandates that bond dollars be used only for
building and maintenance, not classroom operations or
What is the Projected Tax
Rate for Proposition No. 2?
The District anticipates that this $89M bond proposal
will result in an average bond rate of approximately
$1.37 per thousand of assessed value over the 20-year
Our Kids. Our Schools. Our Future.
This bond is responsive
The Board recognizes the urgent needs of our district: 42 portables across the District with limited capacity to add more 7th and 8th graders are spread out across 4 different buildings and with varying options for enrichment and support A middle school provides all students opportunities to take advanced courses, World Language, Career and Technical programs, fine arts, and support classes to strengthen students' core classes. Additionally, our elementary schools were built for half-day kindergarten and now need twice the number of classrooms for full-day programs. We do not have the capacity to accommodate more growth.
This bond is prudent.
Although the K-8 system has been a longstanding tradition in our district, the growing diverse needs of our students have presented many challenges. Construction costs are rising over 15% per year - every year we delay addressing the needs of our district we risk costing taxpayers more in construction costs. By adding security improvements and facility upgrades , we will increase safety at our schools. We also need to add a gymnasium and upgrade the food services at West View. Our newest school is 15 years old and by adding a middle school, we will be able to provide modern classrooms for students preparing to enter high school.
This bond is Burlington.
In addition to the enriching academic and electives opportunities available to all students with the construction of a middle school, as well as the added security improvements that will increase
safety across the District, the greater Burlington community will benefit from this bond. The construction of a middle school multi-purpose commons adds another gathering space and performance venue within our community. Added gyms at the middle school and at West View provide additional athletic practice and game venues for area teams. This bond is
added value across our amazing community.