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Yelm Community School Levy and Bond ballots in the mail –
Be sure to vote by Tuesday!

The Yelm Community Schools (YCS) Construction Bond and Replacement Levy are the two items on the ballot, which are required to properly provide facilities and staff for our area children to have the foundation for a proper education.
* The Construction Bond is designed to fund facilities to relieve several of Yelm Community Schools overcrowded and out-of-date campuses.
* The Replacement Levy is to renew the current/expiring 2-year Levy, which funds operations: maintenance of facilities, transportation, custodial services, para educator salaries, curriculum and special education.
Click here for the YCS Replacement Maintenance & Operations Levy/New Construction, Renovation & Safety Bond Fact Sheet.
Won’t you consider voting YES!

“VIDEO: Olympia and Yelm school districts offer February levy measures”
By Steve Bloom, The Olympian.
Click here to see the issues with having Yelm Middle School students educated in 12 portable class buildings.


– “School officials hope money requests aren’t muddied by court decisions, Legislature”
“Every school district in Thurston County is asking for money on the Feb. 9 ballot”
“Some levies raise as much as 20 percent of a district’s budget”
“Yelm, Olympia schools seek construction money to alleviate growing pains”
Excellent report filed by Lisa Pemberton, The Olympian.
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From Yelm Community Schools (YCS):
Why does the school district need a construction bond election now?
Growth: Since our 2003 bond was passed, enrollment has grown by over 850. A study funded by the state forecasts we will grow by another 900 students by 2019. In response to our rapid growth, we have added portable classrooms and bathrooms throughout the district, converted computer labs and stages to classrooms, and made boundary changes; but we are running out of options. New legislation requiring smaller class sizes will only add to the problem.


Safety: Security needs have changed dramatically since many of our schools were built. Security features such as cameras, fences, and visitor management systems along with upgraded fire and water systems that are necessary in today’s educational environment.

Timing:
Low interest rates and a competitive construction market will help make this investment in schools more affordable. The projects selected will generate the maximum state assistance funds, stretching our local dollars further. The longer we wait, the more serious the deterioration and more costly to repair or replace in the future.


Why are we running a replacement levy?
The current levy expires in December 2016. In order to maintain the level of education and services provided to students and families, a renewal of the levy is needed. The replacement levy request is not an increase and continues to be below the allowable levy ceiling set by state statute. Yelm Community Schools runs the levy every four years in alignment with surrounding school districts to save money on election costs.
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– UPDATE: January 30, 2016
* “School bonds deserve support, too”
By The Olympian Editorial Board
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* “Support schools: Vote yes for Feb. 9 levies”
By The Olympian Editorial Board
“Eight school districts across Thurston County are depending on voters to approve property tax levies”
“Lawmakers’ work on school funding reform won’t eliminate need for levies any time soon”
“Without property tax support districts could need to reduce staffing in future school years”

THE LEVY REQUESTS
Griffin: 4-year, $9.15 million maintenance and operations levy. Some of that is used to send high school-age kids from the K-8 district to neighboring districts. Homeowner cost: $2.19-$2.33 per $1,000 of assessed property each year through 2020.

North Thurston: 4-year, $163.5 million M&O levy. Homeowner cost: $3.57-$3.66 per $1,000 of assessed property through 2020.

Olympia: 4-year, $106.8 million M&O levy. Homeowner cost: $3.06-$3.12 per $1,000 of property each year through 2020.

Rainier: 4-year, $6.76 million M&O levy. Homeowner cost: $3.66-$3.77 per $1,000 of property each year through 2020.

Rochester: 4-year, $16.3 million M&O levy. Homeowner cost: $3.89 per $1,000 through 2020. Passage would qualify the district for nearly $1 million more in state levy equalization funds due to the low tax base.

Tenino: 4-year, about $12.14 million M&O. Homeowner cost: $3.23-$3.32 per $1,000 each year through 2020. Passage would qualify the district for roughly $250,000 in state levy equalization funds.

Tumwater: 4-year, $64.96 million M&O levy. Homeowner cost: $3.35-$3.45 per $1,000 each year through 2020.

Yelm: 4-year, $45.9 million M&O levy. Homeowner cost: $3.94-$4.01 per $1,000 each year through 2020. Passage qualifies the district for about $3 million in levy equalization funds.
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Won’t you consider voting YES!



Blogger Klein is a donor and supporter of the YCS Levy & Construction Bonds.

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