Edmonds School District levy passing in early returns

The Edmonds School District’s proposed $180 million capital levy was receiving 55% approval in early returns Tuesday night.

With a voter turnout of 24% so far, returns from the Snohomish County Elections Office — released at 8 p.m. Tuesday — showed the measure receiving 14,569 yes votes to 12,017 votes oppose

Votes will continue to be counted as they come in through the U.S. mail and Snohomish County drop box locations. The next round of results will be released at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 28.

In a statement released Tuesday night. Edmonds School District Superintendent Gustavo Balderos thanked voters for supporting district students. “It is exciting to see that the majority of voters are supporting the critical capital needs we have here in the Edmonds School District and that our community understands that building safe and accessible learning environments is a long term investment in our kids and their future.”
The district decided to place the $180 million levy on the ballot after a proposed $600 million construction bond in February 2020 failed to get the 60% majority voter approval required for all bonds to pass in the state of Washington.

Levy proposals require a simple majority vote for passage.

According to the district, levy dollars would be used to replace aging schools, address capacity challenges, improve safety and security, and also take care of maintenance issues such as building HVAC systems, roofs and gutters.

Results as of 8 p.m. April 27, 2021:

  1. If this Levy requires 60% to pass – how did we determine the headline “passing in early returns” with 54.8 approval?

  2. From the horses mouth, teacher unions again the problem for the short fall but we will call them too “experienced” to afford? “Also, we have more experienced staff than most of our neighbors and we are no longer funded for that experience. Unfortunately, we did not have enough reserves/fund balance to absorb some of these hits (again, unlike most of the school districts in the region).” Unbelievable!

  3. Happy to see a majority of voters understand voting for schools is a wise investment in our collective future.

    1. The teachers unions will never be satisfied Tom. That quote I posted was from the super of edmonds schools clearing stating the teachers salaries are why we have a shortfall. The language of the prop is a scare tactic.

    2. Absolutely. Fingers crossed, but this would be very good news for our community if this passes. This is definitely very badly needed.

  4. This sleepy election was kind of historic.
    It was the last “special” (held in February or April) election where a voters’ pamphlet was optional.
    And of course, all school districts with measures, including Edmonds, opted not to provide voters with pro and con arguments in a voters’ pamphlet.

    A new law takes effect 7/1/21 that will require all measures in all elections to have pro/con arguments to be published by the county in a paper voters’ pamphlet to accompany the paper ballots to all voting households.

    A long overdue improvement.

    For interest, I have created a summary for this election for all school measures across the state.
    http://www.schooldataproject.com/report_levies_20210427

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