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I am writing in support of the two Federal Way school district levies that will appear on the Feb. 3 ballot. The passage of both levies is vital to the continued success of our district and to providing a quality educational experience for students.
Voting yes for the education programs and operations levy will simply continue the same funding level the district currently receives to manage day-to-day operations. The levy spans four years, so it will increase the ability to do constructive financial and program planning and reduce the number of future elections needed, saving taxpayer money.
The second levy concerns technology and would raise capital to upgrade and enhance the performance of the districts computers. Technology is not funded by the state, yet student mastery of computer skills is absolutely essential to their educational and career success.
Passage of both levies will not increase our tax rate, because the district has effectively refinanced the long-term debt that we previously approved for facilities construction.
Also, I am quite pleased that the district has been widely recognized as very efficient stewards of taxpayer funds. For example, the local tax rate has actually declined from $5.26 in 1996 to $4.28 in 2003, and we rank first of all districts in King County in percentage of budget spent on teaching and teaching support and lowest in administrative costs.
The students in our district need and deserve what these levies will provide.