Olympia School Board votes to place tech, safety levy on February ballot

lpemberton@theolympian.comNovember 26, 2013 

Technology Arts teacher Brian Morris helps seventh and eighth grade students with their designs at Washington Middle School in Olympia, October 4, 2012.

PETER HALEY — Staff photographer

The Olympia School Board unanimously approved a resolution Monday night that will place a technology and safety levy before voters on Feb. 11.

If approved, the levy would replace the district’s current tech levy, which expires in 2014. It would collect about $4.48 million in 2015, about $3.3 million in 2016, about $2.71 million in 2017 and about $2.72 million in 2018.  

The levy would cost homeowners 62 cents per $1,000 of assessed value for the first year, and decrease each year until it reaches 34 cents per $1,000 in 2018. The owner of a $250,000 home would pay an average of about $9 a month or $109 a year for the levy, according to the district.

“After many months of diligent staff work, thorough review and a wide range of input, I am confident the request we have put before our community represents what our schools truly need in terms of technology and safety,” School Board president Eileen Thomson said in a news release.   

The district’s 2010 tech levy paid for a variety of instructional and operational technologies in schools, computer lab upgrades, infrastructure upgrades and other tech enhancements.

The new levy would fund safety projects and technology enhancements across the district, from new computers for schools and assistive devices for special education students to cameras on school buses and technology infrastructure.

Olympia School District voters have approved tech levies in 1994, 2000, 2006 and 2010. 

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