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60 percent say yes to Eatonville levy

8:26 pm February 11th, 2014

Voters are giving the go-ahead to Eatonville’s four-year Educational Programs and Operations Levy.
The measure, which calls for collecting between $4.5 million and just under $5 million from 2015 to 2018, received a 60 percent yes vote in early returns from voting that ended Tuesday..The levy passes or fails with a simple majority.
At stake for the district was roughly one-quarter of its budget.
Local levy dollars pay for programs and services that state funding doesn’t cover. For Eatonville, that includes:
• Teachers to keep preferred class sizes.
• Instructional assistants who work one-on-one or in small groups with students and supervise playgrounds.
• Bus transportation for students to and from school, including routes where district officials say it’s unsafe to walk.
• Challenging academics for students, such as gifted education and advanced placement.
• Special-education, remediation, and English as a Second Language.
• Books, other learning materials, software and technology used by students in school.
• Training for teachers to keep their skills and knowledge updated, and time for them to prepare classroom lessons.
• Coaching and supervision for extracurricular activities, including music, sports, clubs and drama.
• Maintaining and operating school facilities, including heat and lights for schools.
The replacement levy would provide about 24 percent of the district’s operating budget. The estimated tax rate of $3.87 per $1,000 of assessed property valuation would remain the same over the four-year life of the levy. The district anticipates collecting $4.5 million in 2015, $4.6 million in 2016, $4.8 million in 2017 and $4.9 million in 2018.

4 Responses to 60 percent say yes to Eatonville levy

  1. Eric Watson Reply

    February 11, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    I have one thing to ask. If over 70% of our property taxes go to an educational slush fund….and hypothetically there are a million people in Pierce County….and on the average a property owner pays 5000$ every year in taxes….that would be 400 million dollars every year. Where does all that money go? HEY!!! Remember the LOTTO? It was intended for the education slush fund. What ever happened to that money going to the educational slush fund? Please …. someone tell me … tell us where is all that money going? My answer would be up a big fat straw in hundreds of those greedy politicians nose. We need to make a new policy for politicians. One in for 2 years and no more. Not even a transfer or movement or any other relation towards our corrupted system. We need to discharge those people and force them to move from paper pushing idiots to hard working labor loving people like the public. That way we can stop the prejudices in the government over the public.

  2. Robert Thomas Reply

    February 12, 2014 at 10:33 am

    If Eatonville schools were actually effective in teaching the critical thinking skills necessary for success in the global business environment than the levy would have failed by a landslide. Draw your own conclusions……… wait, that would require facts,data, and critical thinking…..never mind.

  3. Eric Watson Reply

    February 15, 2014 at 5:28 pm

    I guess you can not provide any facts, or data or any critical thinking. Since you did not give any. If you look at our educational system and see it is NOT #1 in the world…you would understand my concerns. If the educational system needs more money….then what for?

  4. Eric Watson Reply

    February 15, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    Another thing about students who challenge the academics. Its not the student who is stupid…its the teacher who does not take the time to understand the student well enough. I found in many cases the class teacher is so boring he/she puts the students to sleep. Many students have different energy levels as well and dont have the patients to sit and look at a chalkboard with a mono toned teacher. Some need a little excitement, something of interest. Maybe that student has no intention of wanting to learn that issue and wants to move on. I dropped out so I could go to work in 10th grade. If you complain about my grammer thats too bad. As Einstein said about why he didnt tie his shoes. I have other things on my mind. Many famous people did not need school to be smart. They needed time to their selves.

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