Neighborhood requests transfer to Tahoma

Residents of Forest Creek submitted a petition to the Puget Sound Educational Service District to move their subdivision from the Kent School District to the Tahoma School District.

The process, which began in the fall, was extended until Jan. 29 to allow the two districts time to talk about the proposed transfer.

The requests involved 27 homes and 16 current students, all of whom attend Tahoma on waivers, Tahoma spokesman Kevin Patterson explained.

“The tax implications are negligible for both districts,” Patterson wrote in an email Dec. 12. “It is estimated to lower the total tax rate for Tahoma taxpayers by 0.14 percent per $1,000. It increases the district’s overall assessed valuation by $5,360,000, bringing us up to $3,947,979,281. Kent’s AV goes down and their tax rate goes up by 0.03 percent. So there is virtually no change for either district.”

Patterson also noted the two district’s did a similar transfer a few years ago in the Lake Youngs area.

In the petition reasons given for residents desiring the transfer include the fact that residents of Forest Creek have to drive through another subdivision, Eastwood Forest, that is a part of the Tahoma School District to reach Kent schools and that none of the students currently attend Kent schools.




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