Recently our local school district had a seven year emergency levy on the ballot for $8.9 million, that would generate $1.57 million a year. It was voted against at the polls & for the first time ever, I was furious.
You seem our district has already cut all the corners that they could. Positions have been eliminated, wages have been froze & programs for the students have been eliminated as well. But thanks to the amazing staff, the students have not suffered. Actually, they're all thriving.
But what does the failure to pass yet another levy mean? That means that the gap remains from the loss of about $1.2 million in state & federal funding & the loss of tangible personal property tax. That means that the elementary & middle school teachers will continue to integrate art class into the weekly curriculum themselves. That means that varsity soccer will have to wait. That means that schools security is still left to the very small local police department. That means that new technology will most likely depend on fundraisers. That means that "pay to play" is most likely going to happen. That means that busing for grades 7-12 may be eliminated for a district that covers 100 sq. miles. That means that a 47 year old high school will need to forgo maintenance issues.
All because homeowners don't want to pay an extra $300-$500 in taxes every year. Because that's about what it would amount to for the average $100,000 home. And when you put it that way, it doesn't seem so bad, does it?