Capital Levy, Building Foundations for Our Future
Restore, Improve, Replace
Proposition 1: Capital Levy
Passage of Proposition No. 1 would allow Puyallup School District to levy taxes over a six year period to restore, improve, and replace school infrastructure, including: (1) replacing heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and equipment, plumbing, lighting, roofing and flooring, and improving energy efficiency related to Clean Buildings Act requirements; (2) improving student, staff, and community access to technology by upgrading audio/visual classroom equipment, hardware, software, and wireless network infrastructure; (3) updating fire, intrusion, and security systems and equipment; (4) improving school grounds, fields, and junior high athletic tracks; (5) improving accessibility for buildings and playgrounds related to the Americans with Disability Act; and (6) enhancing pedestrian safety through improved traffic flow during student arrival and dismissal.
Building Improvements (45%)
- Lighting & Electrical
- Roof Repairs & Replacements
- Portable Improvements
- Interior & Exterior Improvements
- Elevator Replacement
- ADA Accessibility Improvements
- Internet Access
- Classroom Technology
Site & Traffic (16%)
- Traffic Safety
- Fence & Gates
- Field Renovations
- Paving Improvements & Walking Paths
- Reader Boards
- Junior High All-Weather Tracks
- Playgrounds & Fields
- Fire, Security systems, and cameras
- Access Controls & Alarms
- Districtwide Lock Upgrades
- Intercoms & Notification Systems
What is the estimated tax rate of the Capital Levy?
|Year||Est. Rate||Voter Investment|
$0.87 per $1,000 of assessed value.
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Why Group Schools by the Student Feeder Pattern?
Our student's educational journey spans multiple school buildings, shaping their growth and development. By sharing projects by school feeder pattern, you can better visualize this interconnected system and make an informed decision about your child's academic future.
We strive to create an environment that fosters continuous growth from kindergarten to graduation, ensuring the buildings students attend are well equipped, up to current building standards, and provide a comfortable, welcoming environment.
*Much of the funding included in this capital levy is not just related to systems that need replacement due to their age but are also tied to becoming compliant with the Clean Buildings Act. We agree that the intent of this legislation is good for improving our impact on the environment, conserving energy, and lowering our operations costs, however it will take a significant investment. Without funding, it will be impossible to reach the benchmarks required to avoid the fines that will be levied by the state. Those fines would be paid from the general fund and could be thousands of dollars, again, impacting the resources available for teaching and learning. Learn more about our CBA requirements.
What happens if the Capital Levy doesn’t pass?
Without this funding, the district’s ability to address critically deficient buildings and sites would be impacted. If the levy does not pass, we would need to divert funds from basic education to pay for the most critical projects impacting the safety and security of staff and students. Other impacts include:
- Less than optimal teaching and learning environments.
- Continued inequitable access to technology.
- Some students continue to be excluded from playgrounds that aren’t accessible by wheelchairs.
- Buildings will continue to deteriorate, creating an even larger backlog of critical projects.
- Closure of facilities to prevent safety risks to student and staff.
- Energy conservation and related operational cost savings would not be realized.
- Fines for non-compliance with the Clean Buildings Act come out of the general fund - impacting resources available for teaching and learning.
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