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'Citizens' levy campaign kicks off tonight at B&G club

Citizens for Sequim Schools, the group promoting the Sequim School District's newest maintenance and operations levy, kicks off the 2010 campaign drive at 6 p.m. tonight, Jan. 6, at the Sequim Boys & Girls Club, 400 W. Fir St.

Participants may register to vote, pick up campaign buttons and signs, see a 10-minute presentation group members have been sharing with the community and sign up to help.

Citizens' door-belling drive starts Jan. 9.

Voters will decide its fate in a special election Feb. 9. The proposal would generate $4.05 million in 2011, $4.9 million in 2012 and $5.78 million in 2013 to reduce class sizes, buy supplies, upgrade curriculum and refurbish facilities.

The second year of the levy proposal sees collections jump to compensate for expected shortfalls in state and federal dollars in 2011. Superintendent Bill Bentley said he and staffers aren't sure if either Initiative 728 (state) or stimulus (federal) dollars will continue into 2011.

Sequim currently collects about $3.2 million to bolster staffing, plus make up for state dollar shortfalls in transportation, technology and facility upgrades, and student materials and supplies.

For more information, see www.sequimschools.com.

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