The Olympia is about to vote on the new school tax

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By Edwin Oscar Gutierrez, Jr.

Olympia City Council encourages citizens to participate – and vote yes – in the next fundraiser for local schools.

At their meeting yesterday Tuesday, City of Olympia officials passed a resolution supporting the upcoming Feb. 8 special election, deciding on a property assessment tax of 90 to 98 cents per thousand dollars for the Olympia School District No. 111, which is expected to raise a total of $52,427,000 from 2023-2026.

Replacing the current levy, the levy will continue the school district’s technology agenda for its students.

If passed, the levy will allow schools to “upgrade district facilities by acquiring, developing, installing and implementing information technology systems, and operating and instructional projects, and other expenditures.” in capital to improve energy security and sustainability,” according to the resolution.

A local parent at the meeting called for increased access to adaptive technology for students, especially those with special needs.

The resolution also pointed out that the proposed tax is lower than the current rate started in 2018 and will end this year.

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