This is an example to further explain why the Crosby-Ironton School District is asking you, the voters, to approve an excess levy referendum of $1 per pupil unit. The state has a program available to districts for "equalization dollars" which helps districts that have lower funding levels get closer to funding levels of other school districts within the state. The only way to be eligible for these state collars is to have a voter approved referendum in place.
By approving this referendum, every penny paid by the district's property owners will generate an additional $1.22 from state funds for the school district.
What this means for the district for the next 10 years is:
-- $881 from locally raised revenue per year.
-- $108,133 of new revenue from the state per year.
Over a 10-year period these additional dollars will have two budget priorities identified by the school board and administration. The number one priority is to build a capital fund balance and a second priority is to make capital improvements (books, lockers, desks, building repairs and improvements).
What would be required of you for this investment into School District 182 and the communities it serves: some examples are: (at the levy rate of 0.00000193) property with a market value of
-- $60,000 x 0.090000193 = $0.12 per year.
-- $200,000 x 0.00000193 = $0.39 per year.
-- $1,000,000 x 0.00000193 = $1.93 per year.
Just remember that for every penny generated locally we receive an additional $1.22 from the state for the education of our communities' children.
(Kuhlmann is a member of the Levy for Learning Committee. The committee is made up of volunteers for Crosby-Ironton schools.)
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