City Council agenda includes school tech levy

Staff reporterJanuary 21, 2014 

The Olympia City Council will consider a resolution to support the Olympia School District’s Technology and Capital Projects Levy when it meets Tuesday night.

The levy will go before voters Feb. 11 in a special election. If approved, the levy will replace the district’s current tech levy, which expires this year. The new levy is expected to generate about $13.2 million total from 2015-2018 and cost homeowners an average of about $9 a month, according to the district. The money will fund safety projects and technology enhancements districtwide, including new computers, cameras on buses and devices to assist special education students.

According to the proposed resolution, “the Olympia City Council believes this levy is important to maintaining the high quality of education in the Olympia School District.”

Also on the agenda for city council meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall:

 • The council is expected to approve a proclamation declaring January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month. President Obama made a similar proclamation for January 2014. Human trafficking is tied with the illegal arms industry as the second largest criminal activity in the world, according to the city. On a side note, Washington is one of the leading states for laws against human trafficking. Organizations such as Washington Engage have successfully lobbied for harsher penalties against offenders along with better protection for victims.

 • The council is expected to set a public hearing date regarding an alley vacation petition from the state Department of Enterprise Services, which is asking the city to vacate a 10-foot alley at 1063 Capitol Way S. between two state-owned buildings so the state can redevelop the block. If approved, the alley will transfer from a public right of way to state ownership.

 • The council will consider accepting a small land donation from The Leo Estate LLC. The property is east of Eastside Street Southeast and just south of Interstate 5. The northern edge borders the Woodland Trail.

 • The council will consider the next steps for Olympia’s Comprehensive Plan update. The Comprehensive Plan describes the city’s goals and vision for the next 20 years. Olympia has been working since 2009 to update the plan in the first major revision since 1994. The plan also provides policy direction. The state’s Growth Management Act requires this plan to accommodate growth that is expected over the next 20 years. On Tuesday, city staff will present the council with a list of potential issues to cover and an estimated number of extra work sessions.

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