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Arlington School District levy passing

ARLINGTON — As the returns of the Feb. 14 election continue to show Arlington voters approving Proposition 1, the replacement for an expiring school programs and operation levy for the Arlington Public Schools, Arlington School District Levy Chair Jesica Stickles expressed her gratitude to them for their support.

"All the amazing people in the Arlington area continue to make this the best place in the world to live and raise our children," Stickles said. "I am so pleased and proud of my community for standing behind public education."

As of Feb. 15 at 4:59 p.m., Snohomish County Elections reported that, out of the 6,566 ballots counted, 3,863 were cast in favor of Proposition 1, giving the "yes" vote 58.83 percent of the votes counted, while 2,703 were cast against it, giving the "no" vote 41.17 percent of the votes counted.

Stickles credited this to the hard work of the Citizen Committee for Arlington Public Schools, as well as volunteers who engaged with the community, whose efforts included avenues such as writing letters to the editor.

"We had a large group of active citizens putting up signs in their yards, organizing volunteers and getting the word out about the levy, as well as answering the great questions that the community asked," Stickles said. "I also highly credit the residents within the Arlington School District boundaries for their 'yes' votes. We obviously couldn’t have done it without them."

For the proposed four-year replacement levy on the Feb. 14 ballot, which would be collected from 2013-16, Arlington School District officials estimate that the 2012 tax rate of $3.57 per $1,000 of assessed value, for an estimated annual tax of $1,071 on a $300,000 home, would remain in place through 2013 and the end of 2014. In 2015, they estimate that tax rate would go down to $3.52 per $1,000 of assessed value, for an estimated annual tax of $1,056 on a $300,000 home, and in 2016, they estimate that tax rate would go down to $3.47 per $1,000 of assessed value, for an estimated annual tax of $1,041 on a $300,000 home.

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