Capital Projects Levy

Capital Projects Levy

Thanks to North Kitsap voters, the The Facilities and Technology Capital Projects Levy measure has been approved!.  This levy will result in approximately $10 million per year of capital project revenue at a rate of approximately $1.26/$1,000 assessed property value.

The Community Facilities Advisory Committee and District have made a deliberate effort to ensure that the tax rate of this levy stays at a steady rate and is at or slightly below the expiring bond that voters approved in 2001.  The bond expires in 2018.

What is a Capital Levy?

Capital Levies provide funding for items that require a larger sum of money to acquire, improve, or maintain school buildings and technology solutions.  Capital improvements for school districts and are not funded by the state.  School districts in Washington must rely on local, voter-approved funding to maintain and improve school buildings and technology.

What will the Capital Levy Fund?

North Kitsap School District is facing facility needs that are critical to providing safe and secure learning environments for our students.  The majority of our school facilities are over 24 years old.  When the economy took a major downturn, the district was faced with the difficult decision to either cut programs and people, or defer maintenance.  Keeping programs and people intact was the right thing to do at the time.  We can no longer put off the critical needs of our school facilities.  The capital levy will address needs at every location in the district.

Capital levy funding has been broken into four key areas:
  • Health, Comfort, Safety and Facility Infrastructure
  • Security
  • Technology - Refresh and Infrastructure for the future
  • Additional Classrooms to address class size - these needs will be addressed holistically across the district
Below are three tiers of facility needs that will be addressed with the passage of the Capital Levy.  Tier one are the most critical needs we face.

View each school's priority list.

HVAC with Updated Control Panels (Wolfle, Gordon, Vinland,
Kingston Middle, Poulsbo Middle - mechanical retrofits, Breidablik*)
$9.8 million
Roof Replacement/Repair (Gordon, Pearson, NKHS, Poulsbo Elem, Suquamish, Vinland, Wolfle, PAL, Support Center, Breidablik*) $4.5 million
Technology Upgrades - all sites $4.5 million
 Fire Alarm Systems - all sites $3.7 million
Access Control System (proximity card entry, lockdown capability -
all sites)
$1.2 million
Intercom System - all sites $1.2 million
Vinland Elementary - sewer hook up $380,000 
NKHS Gym HVAC $195,000
ADA repairs at NKHS and KHS $127,000
Poulsbo Middle School safety rail on rooftop unit 10  $50,000
 TOTAL:  (Estimated costs based on 2017 estimates plus
adjustments for inflation.  2018 elections collect taxes in 2019)
 $25 million

*Breidablik HVAC and roof replacement is dependent upon several factors, including facility condition assessment and class size funding.  Final decision will be vetted through the Community Facilities Advisory Committee.

Turf Replacement (KHS, NKHS, Strawberry Field) $3.9 million
Technology Infrastructure - all sites $2.6 million
Field Improvements (NKHS, KHS, Poulsbo Middle, Kingston Middle)  $1.9 million 
Parking Lots and Traffic Pattern Improvements $1.3 million
Pool and Auditorium Upgrades  $950,000 
Portable Replacements (NKHS, Poulsbo Middle, Suquamish) $853,000 
Playgrounds at all elementary schools $650,000 
Transportation wash system and vehicle hoist  $390,000
Portable Ramps (Gordon, Vinland, NKHS, PMS)  $175,000
Walk-in Cooler at Poulsbo Middle for Food and Nutrition Services cold 
TOTAL:  (Estimated costs based on 2017 estimates plus
adjustments for inflation.  2018 elections collect taxes in 2019)
$14.9 million 

Tier 1 and 2 needs equal $40 million dollars.

Design drawing package for future modernization projects  $2 million
Repair, sealcoat tracks at NKHS, KHS, Poulsbo Middle and Kingston 
Electronic Signs (reader boards ) - All elementary and middle schools  $394,000 
Grounds Equipment $364,000
Hydraulic Bleachers at Kingston Middle School
Exterior Bleachers - all sites  $209,000
Parking lot lighting upgrades $112,600
Repair, sealcoat tennis courts at NKHS and KHS  $87,000
Stairs and railing at Pearson Elementary $24,000
Washer for NKHS Athletics  $20,000
Roll-up window replacement at Wolfle  $15,000

How were these funding priorities and amounts decided?

  • ​A Community Facilities Advisory Committee met for nearly two months, reviewed the district needs, and provided their recommendation based on professional analysis.  The committee recommended a $40 million capital levy and identified all needs as critical.  The committee also recommended a full Facilities Condition Assessment be completed.
  • District Personnel provided the tiered ranking of projects to provide clarity around most urgent need
  • Projects may be re-prioritized pending the full Facilities Condition Assessment and/or emergent issues.
  • Facilities Condition Assessment and Community Facilities Advisory Committee will provide ongoing guidance for spending capital levy dollars.