High school improvements bond to go before voters
School Board authorizes placement of bond measure on November ballot
Posted on 07/11/2019
School Board authorizes placement of bond measure on November ballot

Puyallup voters will be asked to consider a high school bond measure on November 5, 2019 to improve safety and security, provide additional classroom space, and meet current educational specifications for instructional spaces at Puyallup, Rogers, Emerald Ridge, and Walker high schools.

During the July 10, 2019 meeting the Puyallup School District Board of Directors unanimously agreed to place a $273 million High School Facility Improvements for Safety, Security, and Growth bond measure on the November 5, 2019 election ballot. 

Discussion prior to the vote centered on presenting a clear message to the community that improving safety in high schools is the number one priority for the proposed bond.

If approved, the District shall make the following capital improvements:

•  Improve student safety and security by enclosing spaces between buildings which will add 126,000 square feet of additional capacity to accommodate up to 2,000 students and make program improvements for Career and Technical Education, Special Education, Science, General Education classrooms, and other instructional spaces at Puyallup High School;

•  Improve student safety and security by enclosing spaces between buildings which will add 71,000 square feet of additional capacity to accommodate up to 2,000 students and make program improvements for Special Education, Career and Technical Education, Science, General Education classrooms, and other instructional spaces at Rogers High School;

•  Improve student safety and security by constructing and equipping a 61,000 square foot addition for capacity to accommodate up to 1,800 students and make program improvements for Career and Technical Education, expand the commons, new library, spaces at Emerald Ridge High School and;

•  Improve student safety and security by enclosing spaces between buildings which will add 18,500 square feet of additional capacity and make program improvements for Career and Technical Education, Science, library, a new commons, vestibule entrance, and covered health fitness area at Walker High School.

The proposed bond was presented at two public hearings held during regularly scheduled school board meetings on June 3 and June 17, 2019. 

Cost to taxpayers

If the new bonds are approved by voters, the 2020 estimated tax rate would increase by 37 cents. However, because the existing bonds are being reduced, the total bonds tax rate would decrease from $2.75 to $2.44 which is a difference of -31 cents.

If the bonds are approved, the total tax rate in 2020 (including bonds and levies) is estimated to increase from $4.31 to $4.35 per $1,000 of assessed valuation which is a difference of 4 cents. The owner of a home valued at $300,000, for example, would pay about $1,305 per year in school property taxes, or $108.75 per month.

Year

Existing Bonds

New Bonds

Total Bonds

Capital Levy

Technology Levy

Operating Levy

Total Tax Rates

2017

2.07

-

2.07

-

0.07

3.79

5.93

2018

1.62

-

1.62

-

0.06

3.49

5.17

2019

2.75

-

2.75

-

0.06

1.50

4.31

2020

2.07

0.37

2.44

-

0.06

1.85

4.35