|To the Editor: Support urged for 2 Elmwood income tax issues on ballot|
|Written by Tony Borton|
|Thursday, 10 October 2013 10:23|
The Elmwood Board of Education passed resolutions to ask the voters to renew our two income taxes (1/2% and 3/4%) in the November 2013 general election. These two income taxes were renewed in 2009 with high support. It is important to understand that these are not new taxes. Passage is required to keep us financially sound and make sure we do not get into a situation where drastic cuts would be required in the coming years.
In May, the renewal of these two levies, for a continuing period of time, was not supported by the voters. What we heard from our community is that they want a say every 5 years on these levies. The Board and Administration has listened to your concerns and changed the upcoming levy to a set 5 year period of time and not going to continuing.
Since passage of these two income taxes in the 1990s, the Board of Education has worked very hard to reduce spending and stay within our means. During this time, there has been no new money requested for operating expenses. Over the years, we have eliminated positions throughout the district that could be removed without hurting your child's education. We have also done multiple mechanical upgrades to our building that has drastically cut our energy cost. The Board has worked to make sure that we are educationally sound, and to make sure we offer what our students need to succeed in the future. This includes addition of at-risk teachers, STEM classes, textbooks, and numerous technology items to name a few.
Elmwood Local School District was rated an Excellent School District for the 2011-2012 school year by the State Board of Education. This past year, the State Board switched to a new A-F system and we are making adjustments to improve our grades in all nine components. We are excited of the progress we are making with your children. With this in mind, we are asking for your continued support and to remember this is not a new tax. If you have any specific concerns, please bring them to me so that the district leadership team can address them personally.
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