Pro-levy group airs TV ads for Spokane Public School


by Chris Nguyen &

Posted on February 8, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Updated Sunday, Nov 10 at 2:08 AM

SPOKANE-- One Spokane County group is taking their message to the airwaves just before the special election.
In Spokane County, all but two school districts have levy measures on the ballot for the February 14th special election.

Pro-levy supporters just launched a new television ad campaign this week hoping to sway undecided voters to their side

You may have noticed this new commercial running on television.
Former Super Bowl MVP, and Shadle Park alumni, Mark Rypien, is featured in the new spot urging a "yes" vote for the Spokane Public Schools Levy.
This is not the first time a pro-levy television ad has run locally. With recent state cuts to local education, supporters say they really needed to get the word out.
Mike Livingston, with Citizens for Spokane Schools says, “we felt that there was probably a significant portion of the population that might be undecided in this, and that we wanted to make sure two things were communicated, one to remember to vote yes, and two, to obviously vote yes."
Citizens for Spokane Schools is the group behind the new commercial. Production, as well as the purchase of ad-time cost the group roughly $5,000.

The group is made up of more than 800 individual and business donners.

Opponents like Citizens for Responsible Taxation have yet to announce their plans, if any, to do a television spot. They say Washington schools already get $13.6 billion a year, and should better manage those existing funds.

For now, Citizens for Responsible Taxation they're sticking to other forms of advertising including postcard mailings and billboard signs.

Voters have less than a week to postmark their ballots for the February 14th special election.