District seeks 'For,' 'Against' statement authors for February 2020 bond/levy

  • For Immediate Release

    November 25, 2019

    Contact: Courtney Schrieve, Community Relations Exec. Director, 360-412-4417, cschrieve@nthurston.k12.wa.us.

    Would you like to write the voter’s pamphlet statements supporting or opposing the North Thurston Public Schools Neighborhood Schools Bond and Levy Measures that will appear on the February 11, 2020, ballot?

    Election regulations require NTPS to solicit Lacey-area citizens (district boundaries) who want to represent the “For” and “Against” committees in the official election voter’s pamphlet. Each committee will be asked to submit a 250-word statement – no more than 4 paragraphs – by December 20, 2019.

    If you would like the district to consider you for appointment to one of the two committees, please email your name, mailing address, phone number and email address to Courtney Schrieve, Community Relations Exec. Director, cschrieve@nthurston.k12.wa.us, no later than Friday, December 6. Please identify which of the two committees you would like to participate in:

    • For: General Obligation Bonds
    • Against: General Obligation Bonds
    • For: Replacement Educational Programs, Maintenance and Operations Levy
    • Against: Replacement Educational Programs, Maintenance and Operations Levy

    You may apply for membership to more than one committee.

    The district expects the School Board will officially name the committees, assuming volunteers step forward, by December 10, 2019. If a jurisdiction fails to appoint “For” and “Against” committees by the deadline, the Auditor’s Office will seek out and, whenever possible, appoint up to three members to each committee.

    Background Bond

    The Board of Directors approved Resolution No. 5-19/20 concerning this proposition for bonds. This proposition authorizes the District to renovate River Ridge High and Komachin Middle Schools; replace roofs and upgrade HVAC systems at Horizon, Seven Oaks and Meadows Elementary Schools; make safety, security and accessibility improvements districtwide; and reinvest in community shared playgrounds and athletic fields, by issuing $[275,200,000] of general obligation bonds maturing within [21] years; and to levy excess property taxes annually to repay the bonds, as described in Resolution No. 5-19/20.

    Background Levy

    The Board of Directors of North Thurston Public Schools approved Resolution No. 4-19/20 authorizing an educational programs replacement levy. The proposition would fund day-to-day school operations to meet student needs not funded by the state including STEM; college and career readiness; arts and athletics; and additional staff including teachers, nurses, mental health specialists, and counselors. It would authorize the District to levy the following excess taxes to replace an expiring levy on all taxable property.


    Collection Years

    Approximate  Levy Rate/$1,000 Assessed Value


    Levy Amount

    2021

    $2.50

    $43,125,000

    2022

    $2.50

    $45,700,000

    2023

    $2.50

    $48,250,000

    2024

    $2.50

    $50,875,000