Volunteers work phone lines to drum up support for Tacoma school levy

TACOMA, Wash. -- Volunteers worked phone banks and opened up school doors Sunday to persuade Tacoma voters to vote 'yes' on Prop-1.

Supporters need a 60 percent yes votes to pass on Tuesday, but according to Pierce County, as of Friday, only 20 percent of voters had turned in their ballots

There are 14 schools in Tacoma that could see improvement if the $500 million bond is approved. According to the district, it'd cost the average Tacoma home owner about $58 a year.

"We know it will make a positive move toward student achievement," said superintendent Carla Santorno. "These buildings are an important part of that work."

Some Tacoma residents say they already pay the highest property tax rate in the state, but for teachers and students, the improvements are invaluable.

All ballots must be mailed and postmarked by 8 p.m. on Feb. 12.