Bremerton bond, levy winning; CK levy barely failing

The Bremerton School District’s levy measure is winning easily, and the bond measure is narrowly passing after early election returns were updated Feb. 15.

Central Kitsap School District’s sole levy measure is barely failing.

BSD’s capital bond needs a 60% supermajority to pass and it has 61% approval with 8,639 votes counted.

The district’s proposed 25-year, $150 million measure would fund the replacement of multiple facilities including Armin Jahr and View Ridge elementary schools, Renaissance High School and a district facilities building. It would also upgrade HVAC systems districtwide.

“Our community’s potential approval of this bond represents a tremendous investment in the future of our students schools, and community that will have a profound impact for generations to come,” a news release from BSD says.

BSD’s Education Programs and Operations Levy has a 63% approval rating. The measure seeks to replace the current levy that funds staff and services not covered by state funding. The new levy would collect an estimated $30.2 million. The rates for property owners to pay are anticipated at $1.89 per $1,000 in assessed property value in 2025 and going up to $1.91 in 2026.

The BSD release says, “We are humbled and very grateful for our community’s commitment to education and for helping us to ensure educational opportunities and excellence for all learners.”

Meanwhile, the CKSD’s three-year educational enrichment or EP&O levy shows 50.5% of voters so far going against the proposal with 16,427 votes counted. The new levy would tax property owners at a rate of $1.50 per $1,000 assessed property value, the district gathering up to $23 million each year.

CKSD has not yet released a statement on the results.