REALTORS® Urge “Yes” Vote on Bond Measure for Enumclaw Schools
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FOR INFORMATION: David Crowell, JD, Director of Governmental & Public Affairs, 425-974-1011
BELLEVUE, Washington (April 14, 2015) – REALTORS® voted unanimously to join other supporters
of a bond measure for the Enumclaw School District. In its endorsement, the SEATTLE KingCounty
REALTORS® (SKCR) also pledged to help get out the vote for the April 28 election.
“Realtors know first-hand about the value of good schools and safe environments,” said Tyler McKenzie,
the association’s 2015 president. In a statement announcing the support, he noted good schools are the
first thing homebuyers ask about. “It’s not just families with school-age kids that are concerned about the
quality of schools when buying a home. Savvy buyers know quality schools are critical for economic
vitality, job creation and vibrant communities,” he added.
McKenzie, a managing broker at John L. Scott, said the endorsement followed a formal application
process and a presentation to members of SKCR’s Governmental & Public Affairs Committee.
“One of the core values of our diverse and active membership is protecting and improving the quality of
life in our area,” McKenzie stated, adding, “High-quality schools are an integral part of that, and a
concern in every neighborhood we serve, so Realtors are keenly interested in creating and maintaining
In presenting the request, William Harris, a broker at Windermere Real Estate, said his family moved to
Enumclaw years ago specifically because of strong community spirit and a history of support for schools
that reflects a passion for education and kids.
Passage of the proposition would authorize the district to issue $68,555,000 in bonds to renovate
Enumclaw High School and to construct a new Black Diamond Elementary School, where 40 percent of
the students are housed in portables. Those projects were deemed to be most urgent due in part to
student safety and security concerns, deteriorating infrastructure, and outdated labs and other facilities.
The measure needs a 60 percent supermajority to pass.
Longtime South King County resident Pam McCain, a managing broker at John L. Scott Real Estate in
Maple Valley, also spoke in favor of the measure. “I strongly believe the quality of schools and school
facilities directly impact the communities they serve. We need to give students in the Enumclaw district
the same opportunities as children elsewhere have for learning in a safe, secure and technologically
Harris said placement of the bond measure followed months of study, needs analysis and community
conversation. “The board listened to community input and was strategic in setting priorities and keeping
taxes at the same rate as the expiring bond,” he reported. If approved, he said district taxpayers would
continue paying $1.60 per $1,000 assessed valuation. Approval would also qualify the district for $18
million in state construction funds to help reduce the total project cost.
In considering endorsement requests, Realtors look beyond statements of need, according to David
Crowell, SKCR’s director of governmental and public affairs. “Recent history of voter-approved ballot
measures, track records on academics and fiscal matters, and the campaign communications plans are also
reviewed,” he stated.
The SEATTLE KingCounty REALTORS®, with approximately 6,000 members, is a local board of the
National Association of REALTORS® (NAR). Its members adhere to a strict Code of Ethics and
participate in matters at all levels of government to preserve and expand real property rights and housing
affordability Membership is voluntary, and only members may use the term REALTOR®, which is a
licensed collective trademark.