While the generosity of this community for the continuing education of high school students is laudable, the decline in donations since the recession began in September 2008 is duly noted here, with a 12.6% drop in donations from 2013 to 2014 and a 33% drop since 2008. This is especially troubling when the City of Yelm’s population has doubled in the last ten years, continued growth in the districts outside the city and Yelm Community Schools has been reporting record enrollment numbers.
The following are selected figures since 2008:
– March 2014 over $118,000 raised.
– March 2013 over $135,000 raised.
– March 2012 over $145,000 raised.
– March 2010 over $132,871 raised.
– March 2009 over $140,000 raised.
– March 2008 over $175,000 raised.
The continued high fees, taxes, and annual water & sewer rate increases to live in Yelm for a largely military population living on monthly stipends was a contributing factor to the decline in donations and failure of 2 Park Bonds tax levies.