As a voice of business along the Seattle-Tacoma business Corridor, the Greater Federal Way Chamber represents 400+ businesses, employing an estimated 25,000 workers in the South Sound region.
Can you imagine a place where jobs are plentiful, education is high, transportation is accessible, and everything around you seems rich with opportunity? The Greater Federal Way Chamber of Commerce can. It doesn’t happen by accident. Working together with our partners, stakeholders, and elected officials, your Chamber connects you to issues that can make a difference in your future and the success of our community.
The Chamber believes a mix of industries creates a dynamic business environment for the region and we work on behalf of members to create a prosperous economy in the South Sound region. To support that work, advocacy at the Chamber is focused on transportation, education and workforce, business climate, and global competitiveness.
The Chamber Board of Directors voted to endorse the proposed Replacement Tech Levy at its December 15 meeting.
The current technology levy has been in place since 2011; the last year of collection is in 2016. The current amount collected is $4.4 million and the cost to the average home owner is approximately $87.32. Tax collections for technology remain constant. This levy replaces an expiring tech levy; consequently, no tax changes are anticipated.
The current tech levy dollars have funded:
- Increased access to technology for students at a 4:1 ratio
- Laptop deployment to staff with refresh cycle
- Enhanced infrastructure and wireless network
- Presentation stations in classrooms
- Deployed 1:1 at targeted campuses
- Began implementation of blended learning models throughout district
- Additional digital resources
If approved, the replacement levy will also fund a range of initiatives, including:
Student Technology Access: provide equitable access to technology tools and resources across FWPS.
Teacher Devices and Professional Development: Provide teachers with updated computers during the life of the tech levy and supporting just in time professional development.
Infrastructure Replacement: maintain a stable and reliable technology infrastructure appropriate to support the core instructional mission of FWPS.
Demonstration Sites/Academies: Increase students’ access and knowledge to technology career pathways and magnet programs while providing additional digital tools and resources; increase teacher knowledge and capacity related to best practice and technology integration and 21st Century teaching and learning.
Classroom Presentation Stations: provide students and teachers access to classroom presentation stations and interactive technology.
The Technology Replacement Levy is scheduled for the public ballot on February 9, 2016.