About the Levies
Question 1 is a no-tax-increase renewal of the expiring operating levy, or Levy for Learning.
This levy funds teaching and educational support staff positions and generates $1.28 million annually, based on $193.98 per pupil. This levy is an important part of the overall budget and the funds have allowed the district to:
- lower class sizes
- provide innovative and personalized learning and programs
By state law, this levy, first approved in 2002 and renewed in 2011, must be renewed in 2019 to keep funding that is already in place. Renewal does not provide additional funding and does not increase taxes. Renewal will allow the district to maintain current, essential programming and ongoing stability in class sizes.
Question 2 is a no-tax-increase renewal of the expiring capital projects levy.
This levy, approved by voters in 2011, funds essential technology systems for classrooms, school operations and the district’s safety and security systems and generates $1.325 million annually. This levy is an important part of the overall budget, providing for and maintaining:
- infrastructure, current and reliable technologies through ongoing replacement and maintenance;
- equitable student access to classroom technology, engaging students in relevant, real-world learning experiences; and
- technology for the district’s safety and security system
Our capital projects levy can only be used for expenses related to equipment, technology and technology staff. Like the Levy for Learning, state law requires renewal to maintain funding. Renewal will allow the district to maintain these essential programs.
Renewal Maintains Essentials
These levies fund essential functions throughout the district. If not renewed, the district would have to look at all operations and over time would need to make decisions that could result in actions like:
- Eventually increasing class size
- Elimination of programs
- Increases in walking distances to school as a result of transportation reductions
- Increases in fees for student activities and athletics
If not approved, the district would need to come to the voters again to ask for critical funding.