Richland school officials abandon tech levy plan

The Richland school board has suspended plans for a technology levy that would have paid for equipment upgrades in Richland classrooms, including a transition to e-textbooks.

An October online survey yielded promising results, with a solid majority of respondents saying they would favor technology upgrades and be willing to pay for them.

Despite those results, the board agreed earlier this week that voters have shown they have little taste for what amounts to a new tax in this economic climate, said district spokesman Steve Aagaard.

Board members also questioned if the survey was representative of the whole community, he said.

Money might be set aside when the district runs its next operational levy in February 2012, Aagaard said.